Saturday, November 23, 2019

High Winds, Heavy Rains, Down Trees, Snow

Just another day in Quebec if you will.
Sorry for being so quiet. I haven't been posting consistently in a while.
My most recent adversary was 80-120 Nano-meters long. The dreaded Flu virus.
I have been on and off again, for a week. Almost beating it!
Then I got whammied.

Before I was out for the count, I did have a few adventures.
We managed to celebrate Halloween on the actual Halloween Day!
There were moments of uncertainty for a lot of the surrounding towns.
Many were concerned because of the upcoming inclement weather.
We were due to have heavy rains and very high winds.

Our town soldiered on as planned.
So I decorated as best I could, planning for the worse, hoping for the best!
Creatures were doubly secured, tied down, duct taped and strung in tightly!

I think some of those "decorations" really enjoyed it!

My little minions and I waiting for the first batch of Trick or Treators!

Jackie and I trying to look dignified.

Poor little Rorschach wakes up from his nap wondering what the heck happened to his mother!

He spent the rest of the evening under the love seat and would not come out for love or treat. Not even his favourite person, the Daddy, could coax him out.

It was a very heavy rain that came down. I was surprised to find so many drowned little demons at our door.
Every single one of them however, was in great spirits!

After the festivities died down, the wind picked up. I mean a lot.
All I could think of, is that if the town went along with the surrounding communities and postponed Halloween to the following night, there would have been a lot of airborne princesses and demons flying around out there.

Thinking nothing really of it, we continued on our Friday as normal. We ran our errands.
We never realized until we reached the next town, that we were on rolling black outs.
It was almost like something out of a disaster movie, except more peaceful and calm.
We really noticed at the grocery store.
The lights were dimmed.
There were no background music.
I really loved that part. I had no idea how invasive that sound could be until it was no longer there.
The store employees had placed large sheets of cardboard over the freezer and refrigerated items to try and keep them cool longer.
It was a scavenger hunt trying to find certain products.
The other thing we noticed was the number of Anglophones in the store. English was the only language I was hearing.
I'm trying to figure out how to phrase this next bit, so bare with me.
Since arriving in the Belle Province, there are definitely, different cultures at play. Anglo Quebec and Anglo Ontario are very different.
Franco Quebec and Franco Ontario are also, very different. And of course, all four of these groups are remarkably different from the other.
The Anglos in Quebec I have notice, be they native or import, all do have some things in common not shared with their counterparts, (from my own observation and opinion). Please and Thank you are more commonly heard among Anglos than our French neighbours. I'm not exactly sure why. For me, it is just natural to hold the door open for the next person. Or say thank you, when it's held open for me. I have no problem waiting my turn and will gladly help out someone who is obviously struggling with whatever they've got going on. It's not big deal to me. When I was in Ontario, that was just the way it was. Everyone shared in the same practice. In our beautiful province of Quebec, it's like, they are afraid something will taken from them if they extend a courtesy. It's the best way I can think to describe it. It was just more noticeable that day in the supermarket for me. Everyone was helping the next person find whatever they need. There were issues with the payment methods. No one was freaking out. Everyone was just laid back, waiting their turn, chatting up the event. It was all a really great adventure!
When we spoke with some of our Franco neighbours, it was a completely different story. They were angry, frustrated, and not to be calmed. It was a great injustice. All very negative. That being said, this is not the case for each and every person. Just the ones we interacted with. There is just a noticeable difference among the French and the English.

After our apocalyptic grocery sprint, we arrived home to some more excitement.
As we pulled in the driveway, we noticed a lot of open space in the backyard.
We didn't really think anything at the moment. Just kind of, oh, that seems odd, kind of thing.
We started putting away groceries. Then Jackie needed to go outside.
Then we noticed the difference!
In our backyard, we had nine trees clustered together at the very edge.
They were no longer clustered together.

I'm hoping this last picture helps me explain. After living with these bunch of trees since we purchased this house, we really had no idea what type of tree of it was. We just assumed it was some sort of shallow root farmer tree. Turns out it was a cluster of Silver Maples. The giveaway is the red streaking through the inside. That was not available to the outer bark, so we really had no clue.

Jackie is very annoyed that her favourite hiding place has now been leveled. I believe she suspects we are the culprits.

Here is the other remarkable thing!

You will have to look closely. If you can enlarge it, it may help.
Our tiny little Honey Crisp Apple Tree survived!
Now that is what I call a miracle!
All those nine trees that fell, all missed, just barely mind you, the sturdy little Apple Tree!
Even our neighbour noticed!
If it helps, the Apple tree is wrapped in white plastic sheath to help protect it from animals that like to nibble on newly grown buds and twigs.
Now how on Earth was that managed?
Whatever the reason, we are grateful.

Then the real adventure began!
We had a total power failure for over a day.
Sort of felt like Little House on the Prairie. Some of you may have to go Google that reference.
Go ahead. I'll wait. I'm moving too swiftly at the moment.
On hour 17, Hubs decided to borrow his Mom's generator to pump a bit of heat into the house.
Imagine my surprise when I woke up the next morning to a bunch of electric noises!
I thought wow! Hubs hooked up the genny!
No. Hydro Quebec came through.
It really is nice to have coffee come out of the coffee maker.
That feeling was short lived. We were on rolling black outs for the next day or so.
It was quite the game to try and decide how to cook dinner.
Should we try the oven? Risk being cooked only partway? Or go the sure route and fire up the BBQ?
By the time evening had rolled on, the power was somewhat stable.
I was able to watch my Leafs play. I was very hopeful.
I was not quite sleepy so I thought I'd watch a movie.
Then whoosh!
The lights flashed.
Jackie was not happy.

We decided not to risk it and just go to bed.

Jackie and I also had a few road trips to try and snap a few photos for references.

By all means, if you see an image here you like, feel free to use it as a reference for your own works of art. I figure, you have read until this point, you are due a reward. I only ask, you share an image of your artwork with me, so I can see what my photographs have become. Thank you.
I just love the fall colours. They can be so vibrant or subdued. It just depends on the angles of the sun.

Since hockey is back on, I have embarked on another knitting project.

A little, "Do-It-Yourself" if you will.
The pattern is Cumberland Knit Yoke Sweater.
It is coming along nicely. The sweater is knit from the collar down. The repeats in the yoke feel natural, so the fairisle knits rather quickly.

As you can see, Rorschach finds it delightfully cozy.

And lastly, I have been creative with my pens, pencils and paints as well!
Here are some of my latest!
This was done quickly in pastels. I thought they were Popular trees, but I now know they are Birch trees. I would like to do this again, in my shop in oils when I feel a bit stronger.

This is still sitting on my table. It is a bit abstract and a bit based on a photo I took this summer while walking Jackie. I'm not sure where this is going. We'll find out when we get there.

This is my postcard titled, Sleepy Kitty, that I mailed in for the Twitter Art Exhibit.

This year they are supporting Horry County Disabilities and Special Needs. Each year TAE chooses a different charity to support and in turn, artists of all kinds, I do mean all kinds, donate a postcard to the cause. It's wonderful fun. Give it a go if you can. It costs postage and time. I've contributed the last three years and have no regrets whatsoever. You also do manage to interact with other artists. That was a bonus I never even thought of until last year when I noticed my social media accounts had a lot more artist I was following and being followed by. It's kind of cool!

This is my last little piece of art until that tiny, yet so powerful microbe brought me down.
Little Blue Butterfly. It is done in ink and watercolour.

Just a fun little sketch based on a photo from Unsplash. Now that is a great source of reference material if you are in need. They have everything there you can think of. I do mean everything. Try to think of something really obscure. It will be there. Or a version of it will be.

Now that snow has covered the ground, we have a whole new assortment of feathery neighbours. The cats are delighted. Especially Rorschach. Every time a bird comes near the patio door, he makes these interesting little chirping sounds. I wish I could describe it more effectively. It's sort of like when you roll your tongue, or the R sounds, but with a twirl. He's the only cat I've ever had do that.

Right now I can identify The Northern Cardinal, male, a very bright red and the female a tamer brown with red as well, Blue Jays, The Dark Eyed Junco, who comes super close to the patio door and is therefore a favourite of our resident bird watcher, Rorschach, Chickadees, and or course various Finches and Sparrows. We try to keep our feeders well topped. These birds are quite the favourite for all of us in our home.

Well, I have been upright, surprisingly for quite a while.
The cats have settled down,

I'm quite proud of myself.
This is the longest I've been upright in three days.
I'm going to see if toast stays down.
Hope you are all well.
Share with me please some of your artworks and needle projects.
I'd love to see them.
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Friday, October 11, 2019


Good morning!
My gosh.
It`s so dark.
And quiet.
I like it.

I too have been quiet, and busy.
The days just flew past without me even noticing.
Before I knew it, it was time to flip over the page on the calendar.
Now it is October.

Things are rapidly cooling down.
My plants, that will not return next Spring are compost.
The last of the tomatoes have been harvested and munched before the chipmunk gets them all.
Preparations for Halloween are in the works.
It will be just me and Jackie this year.
The boy is old enough to hang out with his friends.
Hubs has a new job that requires him to work late evenings.
(He really does enjoy it!)
So I will be flying solo this year.

Special pumpkins have been selected and are currently on proud display on the front porch.
I`m checking out my stock of batteries.
I will need to purchase more.... and more candy. The boxes are strangely empty

On a more crafty side, I`ve been taking as many photographs as I can to prepare for the endless days of winter that will approaching.
The autumn colours are truly spectacular.
Jackie is always on board for a truck ride!

I`ve still been painting and drawing.
You can see in my work, the fall colours have influenced my choices.
This is a work in progress, oil painting.
I`m not totally sure in which direction i`m heading.
I guess it will be a surprise for everyone!

A completed watercolour titled, Autumn in the Hills.
We have a lot of hills in this region. They look majestic surrounded by the colourful scenery.
I tried to capture this concept.

I had not purchased any yarn for some time.
The last purchase I made was the Artful Arches package. Which I am still enjoying.

Recently, I purchased a gorgeous skein from Mothy and the Squid
They always have such gorgeous colourways. When I saw this one though my Facebook feed, it spoke to me.

It`s called Pumpkin Patch.
How could I not?

It`s starting to get a little brighter.
Time to start my day.
I need to try and convince Rorschach why the patio doors are not to be opened at five degrees, (Celsius)

Off for new adventures.
Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Happy Sunday

Jackie and I are trying to be quiet.
The cats not so much.
I am scheduled to work the next four nights, so, I always wake up super early in order to have a bit of rest before I go to work at night. I also try to fill my mornings with as much action as possible, be it something mentally creative, like painting, drawing and knitting, or something physical like running on my elliptical machine.
It might be a weird system, but, so far it is the only one I have come up with that is successful.
Are there other night shift workers out there?
What do you do to try and get a successful sleep?

I have done quite a few sketches and drawings:

This is Mont Sutton, located not far from where I live. It has been posted to Ontario to take part in an auction for a friend's wedding.

Here are some of my favourite herbs! I use these regularly in pasta dishes and in pesto's!

This is an idea for a Christmas card. It is still a work in progress.

Of course my creative consultant is always on hand to offer his expertise!

When we are not inside being studious, Jackie and I love watching the birds, or have the birds watch us as the case might be!

I love this Cardinal! He has this perplexed look on his little face, like, what on Earth are you up to?

We were finally able to get a successful photo of a Tufted Titmouse that has been visiting us of late. He is very quick and does not rest long enough in one place for my camera to focus.

Last and certainly not least, I have been knitting!
It is something that occupies my brain wonderfully while it pours outside.
Jackie and I binge watch shows that everyone else has already had the opportunity to view. We spend a lot of time outside, so television goes by the wayside. While it rains, we spend our minutes on the couch with our own projects to work on.
I knit, she plays with Mr. Monkey.

My Ten-Stitch blanket:

I love how random it all is.

My Basketwork socks designed by Mona Drager:

That pretty well summons my month! I hope you are all keeping well.
Talk with you later. :)