Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

I want to wish everyone a Happy Halloween. Since we live so far off the main road, we don't get any trick or treaters. So I guess we are going to have our usual Saturday night card games with our neighbors and friends. There are no little ones on our road even though we have 11 permanent residents plus another 20 to 25 cottages. It is more like a seniors road as most of us are retired.

We have been having showers so maybe that will keep the Halloween destruction down this year. Hopefully, we will not have anyone trying to burn one of our New Brunswick covered bridges this year.

I have been working quite a bit on my swedish weaving. Almost two weeks ago, I fell and I believe I cracked a rib and so, I have been rather quiet since then. I have done a lot of relaxing and not much of anything else. I hate being this quiet but it is now getting a bit better and I now can sleep most of the night. This morning, DH and I went in to our local hospital where our doctor has his office and we both got the regular flu shot. Since DH's lungs are compromised, the doctor suggested we get these shots.

Must go as it is getting close to suppertime and I have rolls rising and need to bake them.
Every one, have a great Halloween. Till next time.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Brunswick Sheet Material

Since DH is doing some work in my sewing room, it is now too crowded to do any sewing. However, a few weeks ago, I went to Shediac, New Brunswick, where I found a store that was selling remnants of what we call New Brunswick sheets. These bedsheets are made in Buctouche, New Brunswick, and are made of a material that is both soft and warm. Once you buy a set of those sheets, no one wants to go back to cotton or flannel sheets. They are wonderful. They are a bit more expensive than other sheets but worth every penny of it.
Back to quilting, I picked up bunches of forest green squares, and bunches of light green squares, brought them home, cut them to 10 1/2 inch squares and am in the process of sewing them together to make a checkerboard effect. Each bunch of square contained 22 to 26 squares each and sold for $2.00 a bunch. I bought two bunches of each colour and for $8.00, I have enough squares to make a queen size quilt. Then I bought 3 strips of the light green which I will sew together for the back. Again these were cheap and then I bought a roll of the dark green strips which are wide enough to do the binding. Again, that roll was $2.00. I figure I will have a queen size quilt of that awesome material for less than $25.00. Once I put it all together, I plan to just tack it and on my bed it goes when done.
Today, we are having continuous rain and they are calling for "snow" flurries in the evening. That is right, that four letter word - "snow". I sure hope they are wrong but time will tell.
Yesterday, DH and I decided to rake and pick up the leaves and pine needles that were down. What a job. To top it off, the leaves are not nearly all down yet. It does look like perhaps most of the pine needles are down though. In the morning, we finally finished winterizing our RV and parked it in our neighbour's yard next to us. We did that in case, we decide to go to Florida this winter. That way, it is easier to get out if we do get snow before we were to leave and also, it is close to us and it makes it easier to plug in and load up if we do go.
We have three feeders next to our windows. We love the smaller birds like chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, finches but we also have blue jays that keep coming to the feeders and they are big birds that scare the others away. Blue jays are beautiful birds but they are bossy.
Must run but until next time, have great days.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Autumn Leaves

A couple of days ago, all was very calm outdoors and when I looked out my front window, this is the beautiful scenes that I saw. I really love the change of colours. The only sad thing about all of this is that I will end up raking all of these leaves in the very near future and it all means winter is coming. However, I am enjoying it for now. DH and I really enjoy living on a lake especially here as it is 2 miles off the main road, even if we do have 11 permanent residents on our shore. It is really quiet and we often see all kinds of wildlife. The birds are plentiful and because we feed them, we see lots of different kinds of them. We also have the red squirrels and the chipmunks.
The funny part of it all, in the Spring, we have one grey squirrel that comes by and stays for a couple of days, then disappears until the Fall when he comes by for another couple of days. We never see him in the Summer or Winter. We also have a beaver who goes by just before the lake freezes over, we think he goes up the little brook at one end of the lake; and as soon as the ice breaks up in the Spring, he swims by to go to the other end of the lake. It is the funniest thing. All our neighbors keep on eye out for these happenings.
I guess once you retire and reach our ages, it doesn't take much to entertain you. DH has just taken up another hobby - old flywheel engines. He and his friend, who lives close by, are just so busy with that hobby. It makes it easier for me to pursue my quilting and Swedish weaving.
It was DH's birthday yesterday and out friends had a chocolate birthday cake for him last night. Since he is a chocolate addict, it was great for him but I found it too much chocolate. He loves anything that has chocolate in it. DD is a chip of the old block as far as chocolate is concerned. DH also likes John Deere tractors and friends of ours brought in a little John Deere lunch can and it was full of their homemade chocolate (of course) fudge. He was thrilled.
Must go, until next time, have a great day everyone.