Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happenings from November

Mother Nature appears to be off her meds once again.
One night, I walk to work and it is pouring rain.
It was also rather warm. At the time it reminded me of March weather where you can almost feel Spring.
By the time I arrived at work, the temperature had dropped rather suddenly and it was snowing.
I love weather in Canada!

I'm slowly starting to organize for Christmas.
I have in my head an idea for gifts and good intentions to locate the tree in the basement.
To be honest though, Christmas is not really my holiday.
There is always all this pressure.
I try not to succumb.
It is one of my main reasons why I elect to work that holiday.

I have also been knitting and doodling.
Nothing much to really show as of yet.
The knit project I'm working on is a test knit.
Progress has been quite slow due to our new addition to the family.

I named him Rorschach after one of my favourite characters from a comic book, Watchmen.

It took a good day for everyone to get used to each other.
Now they are all pretty brothers and sisters.
If I cannot locate Rorschach, I just have to look for Jackie.

I might have to find Jackie a larger bed to fit everyone more comfortably.

Lately I have also been obsessed with my new gaming system!
I finally located a mini Nintendo gaming system that has a lot of my favourites built into the tiny console.
I have been reliving my childhood and playing a lot of Super Mario Bros. with Rorschach.

I'm off for a walk with Jackie while the sun is shining.
I hope you are all well!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Hallowe'en 2017

We had another successful Hallowe'en this year!
Part of the joy for me is to create something unique that you will not see another person wearing.
I believe I have passed on this thrill to my family members.

The very idea that you can make something out of string, or have lines on a page formulate another world is simply mind blowing!
You can take pride in the fact you did that with your own hands.

Little man got into the spirit of the event and made much of his own costume this year.
The only I did was knit his sweater. I made it large enough to fit over a winter coat.
The joys of Hallowe'en in Canada that have been plaguing mothers for decades.

I think he did a great job!

Hubs was a mad butcher.

He was a big hit with the two to ten year old crowd. Not so much with the older trick or treaters.
I had to run after a lot of young people to give them candy. They refused to go by the scary guy.
At one point I had to rescue The Mad Butcher from mini hulk who claimed, I am not afraid of you! Then proceeded to drag The Butcher by his Chain! That little hulk received extra candy for his efforts.

I was a demented Fairy!
Heavy her head who wears the horns!

Those hons were getting heavy towards to the end of the night. I'll think have to think of something more light weight for upcoming years.

I will also invest in more feathers so I can cover both sides of my wings.

It truly was a fun night. I love how everyone gets dressed up. Everyone is a kid on Hallowe'en! That is why it is so magical.
I hope you are all well.
I finally see a break in the rain we have been having since the start of the month so, I am off for a quick walk with Jackie.
Talk with you all later.

Monday, September 25, 2017

First Day of Autumn

I'm a little late in recognizing the start of the Fall season. To be fair, so is Mother Nature. Yesterday in my neck of the woods, it was 27 deg. C. Today it will be 30 and tomorrow, pretty much the same. Where was this temperature while I was free to enjoy it on my summer holidays?
All well. It is what it is.
Hubs is almost finished the roof.
He put the finishing touches on the siding that was removed to add the shingles. The hips were placed and the odds and ends were sealed.
All that is left is my little gazebo on the back deck!

That is one happy king of the mountain!

This was my first actual week end off in some time.
Jackie and I enjoyed ourselves by just exploring our back yard.

There are some very interesting bugs out there.

I finally finished (or I think I did), my sunflowers painting. I need to wait until it is dry. I tried to move it and left green fingerprints everywhere.

I also finished a pair of socks!
My Sparkle Socks.

With Halloween just around the corner, I was inspired by those cheery colours for my next pair of socks, Dublin Bay Socks!

Well, I am off to plan for more Halloween festivities!
I hope you are all well.
Talk with you later.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Start of a New School Year

August has come and gone so quickly.
In just a few days Little Man will be heading off to his first official year of Secondary school in a new school in a new town. Needless to say, there is a lot of anxiety this week. He will be entering into year three of Secondary. After living in Ontario for most of my life, the Quebec school system still baffles me. My job is the scavenger for the school supplies. I finally have that nailed down.
My parents just left from a little visit. They arrived last Tuesday and left for home yesterday. They had a nice time although, it was not without some adventure. Unfortunately, one of their cats planned a great escape in New Brunswick. This wasn't one of the friendliest of cats you would ever encounter. In fact, I had only seen it once and very briefly. My parents travel in an R-V. They have been doing so for years. Most of their trips are from Ontario to Prince Edward Island to visit with family. They have always brought their furry children with them who have for the most part enjoyed the trips. Being in the camper is like traveling in a mobile home to which they have adjusted easily enough. It is filled with common objects and smells. This particular cat, is having none of it. He hissed and snarled all the way to P.E.I. and homeward bound. My parents had pulled over for the night in New Brunswick. The next morning, they went to step outside, walk around a bit, get some fresh air and.....swoosh! The great escape was made. They stayed there at the spot for the entire day, trying desperately to locate and bribe the feral creature back into the trailer. Mom came close, but it made such a swipe at her, she had to leave him be. They were both very heart broken, but there was just nothing left to be done. Sadly the cat is now a resident of New Brunswick.
On to the next province where they discovered they are not too fond of the lighting system. Quebec highways do tend to get rather dark a bit early this time of year. The longest day of the year has passed. There are lights at intersections but the signs to inform you of what town you are entering, how to get to the next location et cetera are not always clearly visible. My parents do not drive after a certain time of day. It just becomes too difficult for them and zaps out all of the fun. They were a few hours from my place. It was getting darker. They had an idea where they were, but just needed confirmation to make certain.
Was that a road sign? asks Len.
I think so. It is just so dark. says Mom
I'll pull over we can go back and check.
They pull off to the side of the road, grab their flashlights and walk back to the sign they hoped they had seen.
Staring up at the sign using their flashlights to illuminate the letters, they find out they are indeed just a few hours east of me.
I got quite the chuckle out of this image. If you could picture my parents, both are not very tall and they feel the cold very easily. They tend to be quite bundled and look just like garden gnomes. Standing there in front of this giant sign holding up their little flashlights to read the letters. Anyways, they arrived at my place and we all had a nice time. Usually it can be a bit tense. I don't do things like my mom and she continues to try and "help" me by providing background commentary on absolutely everything. This time though, it went nicely.
My vehicle was washed. It looks almost like new.

My step dad cannot really sit still for too long. That is how he says thank you for a nice week. Little Man also learned how to do windows properly.
My parents really get along well with Little Man. Mom and Jacob watched quite a few movies together when it was too chilly to sit outside. It was nice to hear them laughing together.
Things are slowly returning to normal this morning. Our roof is almost complete.

With the heavy rainfall we experienced this summer, it really is something that Hubs was able to complete so much in such a short amount of time. I think it looks fantastic! Almost has a story brook feel to it.
The rain was not too great for my tomatoes. Sadly this is all I was able to save.

Eventually they will ripen on the counter.

I am currently working on a new pair of socks.
Sparkle Socks by Violet LeBeaux

It is a nice sock to work on while I catch up on Iron Fist.

I hope you are all well.
Talk with you later.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Welcome to August!

My calendar until this morning was still set to July.
I think that is subconscious trying to convince the rest of my body not to let summer go so quickly.
I have finished a pair of pair of socks,

and am currently working on another pair,

This pair will be finished when I run out of yarn. I think they will make fun boot socks!

I have also been working on my painting and sketching.
This is the progress of my Sunflowers:

This painting is finally starting to make sense to me. Quite a few hours have been invested. At one point I thought I might just paint over it and start something new but, I am glad I persevered. I am liking the colour scheme and how your eye travels from one point to the next smoothly. I will continue to work on this in my shop today.

As you all know, I live with a teenager. With young person in my house we sometimes need to have some very serious conversations. Hubs and I try to be fairly open and honest with Little Man, who really is not so little anymore. The past few months we have noticed a change in his social circle. There are a few young ladies that have joined their group. This began the conversation of about respect. We know he is going to be very curious about some subjects. Those of a sexual nature, I leave to his father. They talk about what sex is, how things work, body parts, feelings and so on. I leave that to my husband to discuss because they have a very good relationship when it comes to communicating. Little man is not shy when it comes to asking Hubs about the birds and the bees and Hubs has no problem explaining the details of what some of us would might find very embarrassing. Other things addressed is to respect a person's opinion and response. No means no, regardless of when it is said. A person's body belongs to them. We have no right to interfere or touch another person without their consent. Women and girls are people. Not just objects or play things. Little Man is very pro-feminist. Everyone deserves respect. Everyone deserves to feel safe.
A few months ago, he Ipod chimed stating he had a message. It lights up and shows the message so, it's not like I actively searched for the message. Also, Little Man knows that his father and I will give him his privacy, but until he is mature and old enough, we still have power over all electronic devices. This message was from a young girl demanding that he meet her some place. I said to Little Man, so and so is asking to meet up with you. The look on his face told me the rest of the story. Apparently this young lady makes him feel uncomfortable. I asked him what did he mean. Well, turns out not all parents and guardians have the conversation about respecting others.
We explained to Little Man that he also deserves the same respect that he is to give others. If this young lady is treating you as an object and not respecting you or your response to her questions/demands, you do not need to associate with her at all! Little Man by his own choosing avoids this particular young lady. She made him feel uncomfortable and did not listen when he said he was not going to do anything. To be honest, I never really thought about saying that he also needs to know that when he says no, it is no. We are inundated with all sorts of pro-feminine information, especially in the wake of our southern neighbours politics, we might forget that our sons also need to hear the same information. I very wrongly assumed that women are told to also respect men. Living with this young person in my house has really opened my eyes to all sorts of things I never even thought about.
So, we need to inform our children and teenagers, all of them, about respect for others and themselves. I sincerely hope I am doing right by this kid. I keep saying my goal is to get him to adulthood and to be self-sufficient. I think we are on the right path.

I hope you are all well. I'm off to complete domestic stuff and hopefully enjoy the sun while I can.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Holidays are Over...

..for now.
I will take another week for Halloween.
I was lucky to take two weeks.
We decided to finally tackle the roof.
Hubs is doing the project solo.
It is a big undertaking but, it is going extremely well.
I have been taking pictures of the progress to help Hubs and for mementos.
Hubs has had previous experience with this sort of work before, just not to this scale.
Our roof was eroding at quite the rapid rate.
You would be sitting outside on the back deck and if a wind blew, you would be sprinkled with bits of shingles.
Not quite the ambiance we had in mind for sitting peacefully outside.
Here are some of the many photos I have taken:

The awful, flakey green shingles are being replaced a dual grey colour. When Hubs applies them, they have an interesting texture. It almost reminds me of the images I would see in fairy tales, how the castles were constructed. We are very happy with the progress!

We have also been enjoying a bit of nature.

I am keeping a close eye on these raspberries! Jackie always beats us to it.

Saturday we enjoyed Comiccon in Montreal.

Little Man found another video game sword to add to his collection and I found some issues of Daredevil that I had not even ready yet!
Hubs enjoyed all the costumes and creativity. People really do outdo themselves. They get right into character. I love seeing that kind of passion!

Yesterday I went kayaking.
I never thought that would be a sentence that would emerge from my mouth.
I have some weird tan lines from the life jacket but it was worth it.
Our town has events throughout the year and post them online or in the newsletter that is delivered to our mail box.
A friend had signed up to go with someone who, at the last minute had an emergency. She thought I might be interested.
Ok, let's give it a go.
Since I had never done this before, I actually googled what to wear when kayaking.
I was a little panicky.
Thankfully, there was little to fear.
The kayaks they provide are fairly light weight and very stable. No need to fear about tipping over.
We did not experience any sort of Gilligan's Island revival.
It was a great day!

Now we draw to end of my vacation.
There is still work to be down on the roof, but Hubs has that well in hand.
He also has one more week of holidays.
He can work during the morning then call it a day as a retire to sleep in the afternoon.
It was not exactly relaxing, but productive!

Since we are experiencing a bit more rain this morning, I am going to enjoy Daredevil and finish my coffee.
Have a great day everyone!