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!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

First Day of Summer

I'm enjoying my morning off. I am being entertained by Jackie and our yearly visitors.

I'm relieved the Wren has returned.
What makes it even more special, his mate returned with him!
We spotted the pair yesterday.
So, this morning, I set up the camera on the tripod and made several attempted to capture these feathery neighbours.
What a wonderful change.
Last year, he was all alone. He built his nest and day after day for about a month, he sang his little heart out trying to attract a mate.
This year, they are working together to build their happy little home.
He is trying to impress her by finding the perfect stick!

Most of my garden is flourishing.
My tomatoes are really starting to take off.

My raspberries had some blossoms.

Now I just have to get to the berries before Jackie!
I have a few really interesting plants this year.
This one, took forever to bloom.

The gentleman at the nursery said the flowers would be blue.

I am perfectly happy with the purple. When it finally blossomed, I was very impressed.

The other is a Parrot plant.

It has quite the tropical feel. When the temperature falls below 10 deg. C., we have to bring it inside.
I love these little beak like attachments!


We also have the beginnings of a lemon on our little citrus tree!

After reading a little bit online, I thought it would be a few years before we saw another lemon. I can't wait to see if this one matures.

The only downside surrounds my honeysuckle plant.
There are these little bugs that are suffocating the flowers.

They stop the flower from opening.
I'll have to do more research to see if I can figure a way to stop it from my killing off my flowers.

I've also finished a pair of socks!
The perfect pair to commemorate the Summer Solstice.

My Jack of the Green are complete with that yarn I had been saving for quite some time!

There are other things still going on but, I have to process them myself before I can figure out how to put it in words.
Last day of school for the Little Man is today. It was quite the struggle.
We still have to find out if he graduated.
We are making some lifestyle changes.
Trying to be a bit more healthy, food and exercise departments.
It is rooted in esteem issues. I will have to try and express this later.

It has been quite a long morning.
I'm off to fix a bit of lunch and settle in for the afternoon.
A few more nights, then I start my holidays!
I hope you are all well
Cheers!

Friday, June 9, 2017

June Already!

Spring has just flown by.
Jackie and I have been enjoying the sun the past few days.
This morning I am trying and failing to explain why we are indoors.
Jackie does not like the term, "rain delay".

My craftiness has suffered the past few weeks as I was down and out with a horrendous cold.
We have tried to make up for my missing weeks these last few days.
With the gorgeous sun shining, we were able to explore our estate.










Some of us are confined to the great indoors and must watch from protected confinement.

It does not factor into Napoleon's way of thinking that he does not really like outside. Each time he has planned his escape, he gets as far as the edge of the deck, then morphs into a giant puff ball. If anything, he is a poster child for perseverance. He does not give up, ever!

I am out of the sock madness challenge.
The last pattern was a gorgeous mosaic knitting style.
It just left me baffled. I will frog the attempt and pretend it never happened.
I am currently working on on Jack of the Green.
It is the perfect pattern to go with my Mystical Moose, Moose Manor Hand Painting yarn.

I have mentioned this one before. It changes colour when placed under different light sources.

This is my work in progress so far:

It is a fun knit, especially if you love cables.

I also have new glasses! I'm lucky in that the strength of my eyes diminish ever so gradually. That being said, things were still a little too blurry for me to enjoy things, like watching hockey while sitting on the couch, feeling comfortable driving long distances, watching nature go by as I sit out on the back deck. I hate to miss anything. That is good motivation to get off my butt and get my eyes checked out.
So here is a very rare picture of me in my new glasses!

The lenses transition. I have never had this sort of eyeglass before. So far so good. I do enjoy the freedom of going outside and not needing my sunglasses to avoid the glare. The only downside I have experienced is driving. I still need proper sunglasses for driving. The roof and tint on the windshield prevent the lenses from doing that magical transition thing. So my sunglasses are having their lenses swapped out with my new prescription.

I have also started up on my oil painting again.

It still very much a work in progress but, I am enjoying the process.

My tomatoes and herbs are also in their respective places!

When my plants go in the ground or in the pots, that is how I know my summer has officially begun!

I'm still recuperating from my cold, but things are slowly coming together over here.
I hope you are well.
See you later. :)