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Monday, August 31, 2009

Another Lovely Weekend With Friends

This past Saturday Todd and I received an invite to spend the day with Rebbecca and her family at her grandparents cottage in the Ganenoque Lake area. It was a dreary rainy day but we all went anyhow. The boys put on their rain gear and went fishing, us girls pulled out our stitching. Rebbecca was a good girl and worked on her wolves, while I worked on Todd stocking. LOL we were both working on gifts for our significant others!

Despite the poor weather, the scenery was still spectacular! Once again, I'll let the pictures do the talking....


Caleb and Cameron Rebecca's boys

This creepy-crawlie was pretty big!

The wonderful scenery!

My fundraising for Run For the Cure is going well! Thank you to all who have donated so far! Every dollar is really appreciated! As of this blog entry my fundraising efforts stand at $175.00, this means I no longer have to pay the entry fee however I still have a ways to go to my $650.00 goal. If you would like to donate you can do so online HERE.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fundraising For Breast Cancer Research

Some of my long -time readers may remember the breast cancer scare I had back in April of 2007.

I am one of the lucky people the lump in my breast turned out not to be cancer. Since then I've wanted to be able to do something to help.

For my second year in a row I'll be participating in CIBC's Run for the Cure on Sunday October 4th. I would like to raise a minimum of $150.00Please feel free to sponsor me and make a donation. Click HERE to go to my personal fundraising page and make a donation online. Please let me know if the link doesn't work.

Thank you for your support and best wishes!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Creative Invite, The Stocking, and Stash... oh my!

This evening when I got home (from an extra long day at work) I had the most creative invite EVER to a stitching weekend! This is from Kathy (now all the beds are full!)...
Come one, come all
to a stitcher's free for all.

Come early, stay late
I will meet you by the lake

Bring your stitching, needle and thread.
Out of town, I'll provide the bed.

Saturday, we'll have pot luck
And please, we don't want duck.

Sunday, I'll do brunch
Believe me, you won't need lunch.

So, write it down, don't delay
Mark your calendar for the day.
September 5, 6 and 7

What can I say - Stitcher's Heaven.

Doesn't that just sound so inviting???? I can assure you, I'll be there... will you?

Fingers crossed, I'll have Todd's stocking all finished (well stitched that is) and ready to show off at Kathy's stitching weekend. All the cross stitching is done, I'm currently adding blending filament to all the blues. The it'll be the finishing touches, backstitching (and lots of it) and a few charms. After I show it off, I'll have to find just the right fishing fabric to back it with, then talk my Mum into doing the finishing for me!

From this past weekend, I never shared with you my sash purchases from Knowledge and Needles.

Cross Eyed Cricket - Sleepy Hollow
Ink Circles - Celtic Ice Kit
Gorgeous Victorian Red Lugana
Piecemaker Needles

Monday, August 24, 2009

The August Retreat Report 2009

This past weekend was Ann's Annual August Day Retreat, she's been holding it for more years than I can remember, I think this is my 8th year attending and I know it started before that! Its a great day of stitching, friends, shopping and food! Way too much food!
We had about 30 stitchers in attendance throughout the day. Ladies from the area, and ladies from as far as Ottawa, Hamilton and London, Ontario.
Back row L-R : Sharon, Laura, Rebbecca, Trista, Bonnie, Wendy, Barb, Sheila
Middle row L-R : Isolde, Kathy, Beatrice, Carmen, Marj, Christin, Angie, Adriana, Bernie, Ann, Judie, Colleen, Beth
Front Row L-R : Claire, Anita, Marg, Paddie, Me, Paula, Mollie

Well I'm not going to do a lot of talking here, I'll let most of the pictures speak for me!
Ann, our hostess getting a chance to stitch before the masses arrived!
Adriana, the 93 year-old stitcher's amazing work!
My favourite girls! Christin (back left), Judie (front left), Kathy (back right), Adriana (front right)
The aftermath from lunch!
Bonnie, new to our retreat. We hope to see her at our next function in September at Kathy's!
Trista, Rebecca's stitching friend, the retreat is a first for her too!
One of Marie-Paule's amazing creations! She comes up with the neatest ways to finish her projects! Unfortunately she couldn't be in attendance this year. But dropped off her cool clocks!
Carmen, one of the regulars ... probably since the first retreat!
Colleen, she always comes with Carmen, they are stitching/shopping partners in crime!
Christin, one of the regular cast members of this blog we came down together.
The Gallery!
Chef Dan, who made us this yummy breakfast Sunday morning of French Toast and bacon!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Stitching & Chili, I'm Good To Go!

The Chili has been made (4lbs of it!)

Here's Todd's stocking as of this morning...

I'm almost all packed...

Its Brighton/Knowledge & Needles retreat time! (well on Saturday it is but I'm hitting the road shortly!). Can't wait to see everyone, its a great day of stitching, eating... and admission is a dish for the pot luck!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Photo Hunt "Hands"

I am SOOOOO tired! For the last three days I have spent seven hours a day moving books. Yup, I'm shifting my entire library... what a job! At the end of today, day three I can finally feel the toll on my body. Sore and tired that's me! I took an off day from exercise today, I need my energy for tomorrow night I'm teaching two classes at Taekwon-Do.

Here are Todd's hands, he loves to keep busy and work with his hands, making things.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Weigh In and Photo Hunt

Just a quick post tonight, no stitching to show... I find I still don't have a lot of time to pick up needle and thread. I will this weekend though!

I had a good Weigh In tonight, I lost 1 lbs despite having a few too many treats this weekend! Wooo Hoo! I'm back down to my goal weight, yay!

PhotoHunt from February 14th -- Nautical

What's more nautical than a big honkin' anchor???

Monday, August 17, 2009

Camping TKD Weekend and an Ornament

Well, another weekend another trip! This one wasn't so far, we went to a nearby Provincial Park in Fitzroy Harbour for the 2nd Annual Taekwon-Do Outdoor Training. Todd and I (yes... we spent a weekend together!) decided to partake of the group campsite that was booked for the weekend, instead of just going for the day. We really enjoyed camping, the company at the group site, and being together. It was a VERY hot weekend with temperatures in the 30's (Celsius), a little hot for Taekwon-Do outdoors but we took it easy, and had lots of water breaks. Master Lu, from Lu's Taekwon-Do came out to teach. Its was a treat since I used to train with Master Lu until I moved out to Almonte Taekwon-Do when I bought my house.

Here's a few shots of my friends and students at Almonte Taekwon-Do. Unfortunately I have no action shots since I was in the middle of the action!

I finished up my second ornament for August. I was a masochist, and stitched this one up on 40ct linen!

Coeur d'Hiver
Elisapasson - Internet Freebie
Stitched on: 40ct linen
Stitched with: Silk'N Colors In the Burgundy

This upcoming weekend is one of my favourite weekends of the year! Its Ann's annual stitching day retreat! Its a simple retreat, there's no registration, no hefty fees, you show up with some stitching, and a potluck dish! I think last year's attendance topped 30 stitchers! I look forward to seeing everyone there!!!!
So have you been keeping track of all my travels this summer? You never know, there could be a pop quiz at some point!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August Ornament, Maintenance, and Photohunt

This post is a little of everything tonight.

First of all, yesterday was the dreaded weigh in day at Weight Watchers. Tuesday was the end of week 3 on maintenance, and still not getting the hang of this... I'm up another pound. So I've played with my points for this week, dropping down a little... also I'm back to work, and no eating out! I've done a lot of that over the last two and a half weeks!

Next, I've not stitched for almost a week! I haven't really picked up needle and thread since Thursday of last week. Tonight I took an off night from Taekwon-Do and everything else. I took a nap, made dinner, and stitched! Finally! Tonight I managed to finish my first of two ornaments for August

Christmas Memories
Just Cross Stitch - December 2008
Stitched on : 28ct white Jubilee
Stitched with : DMC

I am wayyy behind on PhotoHunts for this year! So here's one for tonight!

PhotoHunt - March 21 -- Yellow

Bull Riding at the Holstein Rodeo and all the Safety Monitors were decked in yellow! These guys have a crazy, scary job making sure the bull riders don't get hurt!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Montreal Through My Camera Lens

At the end of my vacation, last week my Mum and I put together an overnight trip to Montreal together at the last minute. We had originally planned to hit the St. Lawrence Seaway in the Ganenoque area but the weather was just too predictable to have outdoor plans with no easy indoor backup. Thus our choice of Montreal, if it was beautiful we'd be outside, if not we'd hit the Metro, check out the underground city, and the museums. It turned out we had to gorgeous days in Montreal which allowed us to play cameras outdoors at the Botanical Gardens (if it rained we would of hit the greenhouses) on Friday, and Vieux Montreal on Saturday.

Friday really was a jam packed day! It started out with a two hour drive into Montreal, and each time we go there I'm becoming more and more familiar/comfortable with the city. Though I was born there and lived there until I was 11 I was always a passenger. Now I'm the chauffeur. At least that's the arrangement I have with my Mum, I drive she pays... fair don't you think? We headed right downtown to our hotel which was a short walk to the Metro and Vieux Montreal/Old Port, our room was ready early so we could check in before noon and have the Valet take my car away. From there we hit the pavement, heading to the nearest Metro station to take the subway to the Botanical Gardens.

Of course the Metro lets you out right at the Big "O", the home of the 1976 Olympics. It kinda looks like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind doesn't it? Or Star Trek maybe!

Good daughters always get the gold medal in their Mum's eyes!

The Athlete's Village in 1976

I last went there about 5 years ago, during March and was only able to check out the greenhouses. This time I was able to wander the acres and acres that make up the outdoor gardens... Rose, Chinese, Japanese, First Nations, Alpine, Shade, Lilly, Water gardens and more!

We started out in the Rose Gardens

Then moved onto the Chinese Gardens which were spectacular!

The entrance
Fierce Garden Guards

Beautiful Stone Mural

What a frame for a wonderful garden!

Colourful gazebos

A perfect photo-op!

Bonsai! (some were over 100 years old)

Next was the Japanese Garden which was so serene and minimalist after the riot of colour and elements in the Chinese Gardens.

What would a Japanese garden be without Koi?

Koi, being watched by this hungry heron

More... bonsai!!!

Lotus flowers

This bell was a gift from the city of Hiroshima to the city of Montreal.
The Beautiful Water gardens

Assorted flowers and fauna my lens captured at the Botanical Gardens (the Chinese & Japanese gardens were the true highlight of the day). There are just so many gardens, flowers, fountains and structures that in six hours you still won't see it all!

We came across this bit of eye candy in Vieux Montreal at night. We were treated to this spectacular fountain (Vieux Montreal really comes alive on a Friday night!) after the worst Indian meal ever! Mum and I have decided we'll have to make up for the horrible food with a trip to our favourite Indian restaurant here at home! I mean... since when did naan, butter chicken and lamb korma all taste sickly sweet? There were no complex flavours... and a huge waste of money we could barely eat it! Once I dropped Mum off at the hotel I went and met Kathryn, another blogger from Nevada who was in town for a Si-Fi convention. So was Ruth, but it didn't work out for us to meet, hopefully we'll be in the same city again... someday! Both ladies are from the Western US and it was a miracle we were in the same city at the same time! As Christin says... I can't go anywhere without running into someone I know (be it in real life or online and yet to be met in person).

Saturday was bight and VERY sunny which made it hard to take photographs which are full of depth and colour. I'm sure if I had the patience to play with these pictures for hours in Photoshop they'd look much better but for now they'll have to do! Mum and I started out with a walk through China Town, which led us to Vieux Montreal/Old Port.
The first place we hit was Notre Dame Basilica, and paid the fee to go inside. I managed to get a few shots inside but without a tripod and a VERY powerful flash it was just impossible to photograph the beautiful architecture.

As you can tell I love stained glass!

I just love this picture, the subjects in the Cleche (horse and buggy) show so much life and character (click to enlarge to see!). We would of loved to do a tour of the Old City in one of these but they were so expensive!

This resident definitely put forth the effort to decorate their winodows... beautiful!

There are little gems hiding in every nook and cranny in Montreal!

Artist at work in an alley crammed with photographers and painters selling their art.

A couple of ships in port.
This two day/one night trip was so jam packed I felt like I was gone from home for four days! Today it was back to work, and back to the real world!!!