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Monday, November 30, 2009

Exchange Sent is Received

Reindeer by The Workbasket
18 ct. oatmeal
I was in an ornament exchange with one of my yahoo groups. This is what Terri (no blog) received today from me. I'm going to start stalking the mail, mine should be here by now.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Friday Finishes on a Sunday

JCS Christmas Ornaments 2002
32ct Cream Linen
28 ct. white evenweave
If you go here you will find many more lovely biscornu patterns. I just want to stitch them all :)

EDITED: oops ! I did the biscornu trees in Sassy Strings by Sassy's Fabby

Monday, November 23, 2009

Blue Noel

28ct. white evenweave
DMC CV 4230 and 4240

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Detour Ahead

Since it wasn't raining today Tiger and I decided to go to Trout Lake. These pictures say it all.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Boom and Water is Hot !

I couldn't get the pilot to light this morning so my brother's SIL came over, he needed to put a few things back as they should be. He kept trying and then BOOM a small explosion and he got it going. We are assuming there was an air blockage or something like that and once it cleared, scaring the sh*t out of us both, it worked. I now just need to keep an eye on the temporary sump pump. It's raining today and the forecast is rain for the next week.

I'm off to plop myself down in front of the TV and see if I can finish sewing a couple of things together. If I succeed there will be a show and tell soon.

Friday, November 20, 2009

I Give Up !

Not only do we have no hot water, it seems our basement flooded. We don't use our basement it's only there because we live on a hill and so needed to put it in, it's partial, cement floor and used mainly for storage. When I went down on Thursday to check about the hot water tank, the pan beneath was full of water. The rug at the bottom of the stairs was soaked, so I checked to make sure the drainage outside the door into the stairwell was clear and it was. My conclusion was that the tank had a leak and the way things are set out the rug could have been effected. Thankfully for some unknown reason my Mom decides to go down there today and the stairwell drainage is clogged or so we thought. After a long day of looking into things this is what happened.... The sump pump stopped working, basement flooded high enough to distinguish the pilot light on hot water tank, sump pump decided to work again and cement floor dried up, then stopped working but since it has also stopped raining there is not enough water in stairwell to flood basement. My brother who normally would look after this is away so his son in law was kind enough to come over and help out. We have a temporary pump going, stairwell now has no water, but we cannot get the pilot light on the hot water tank to work. He can get it on but it will not stay on, so we are hoping it needs to dry up some more. I will give it a try tomorrow morning and if not we will need to call in a repairman. The tank is 4 years old and under warranty so hopefully it won't cost much to fix. The sump pump has failed before and our basement has flooded, but never to the point of damaging anything.

As bad as this is for us, I miss my hot shower :) I know that others have it much worse because of the storms we have been having. Some use their basements for family rooms and if they flood so does all their carpeting and furniture, some have been without power for days, which means their food is going to waste and that could cost a small fortune.

It hasn't rained today so maybe this is the end of it, I sure hope so.

PS: Spoke too soon, not only is it raining this evening, there is lighting and thunder.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Rain, Rain and More Rain !

We have been having quit the storm here. We have had one day without rain in a week, it happened to be the day I worked. Some areas on Vancouver Island are being declared a state of emergency with all the flooding. Wind storms are also causing damage. I've been pretty lucky, no flooding, no power failures and then this morning I go to have a shower and there's no hot water. Our tank is gone.

I went for the H1N1 and seasonal flu shots yesterday. My Doctor had two students doing the shots and happened to mention that in the UK it's only the students who give shots. Taking my Mom to her Doctor this afternoon for her shots and then I guess it will be off to see about getting the water tank fixed/replaced.

I finished my exchange ornament and got it in the mail, hope my partner likes it. I'm working on a biscornu that I think will turn out to be pretty big. I always like to stitch a co-ordinating back, but can't think of what to do for this one, it's on white with 4 Christmas trees, so I was thinking of green tea dyeing fabric for the back. I'm hoping to get this done today.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

11 out of 15

We are at the halfway point of NaBloPoMo and I'm short 4 posts, or you could say I posted a lot this month :) The glass is either half full or half empty, depends on which way you look at it.
Yesterday I took advantage of Michael's 4 hour sale (9-1) of 20% off everything including sale items. I picked up a "few" floss I needed and some needles. I was disappointed as earlier in the week I was at Michael's North Van store and they had a Nutcracker that I would like, only for the sale I went to the Burnaby store and they didn't have any. Guess it wasn't meant to be. Today was a dark and rainy day never letting up. Hopefully it will rain itself out before tomorrow.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday the 13th

Today I got up early as I had a specialists appointment downtown at 10:30. First time I met this doctor and he is really nice and very young, but that could be my age showing :) My Mom is always saying how young the doctors are these days and I just tell her at her age (83) of course they are young ;) So far everything is fine, need to go for a test Jan. 28th, but I'm sure the results will be okay. From there I was going to go to the annual craft fair at the Pan Pacific. Long time since I have been to that part of town and took a wrong turn and ended up going over the Lions Gate Bridge into West Vancouver. Oh well probably saved myself some unnecessary spending. There will be lots more community craft fairs around that I will have no problem getting to. I spent the rest of the day working on my exchange ornament and got it finished, am now stitching it together, so will get it in the mail on time. It's going to be hard to part with as I really like how it looks.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The weather forecast was wrong, no rain today. To make up for that they are calling for rain tonight. I really wish they could get it right. Anyways Tiger and I went to Trout Lake and I took some random shots of the trees. These are on the other side from where the flooding is. As you can see the sky was mostly clear and sunny, nice day for a walk.

I'm stitching on an exchange right now, so have nothing to show. It is to be mailed by the 20th and the stitching is not going as fast as I thought it would. I'm sure I will get it done on time, but feel the pressure.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Too Much Rain

We have had so much rain over the last few days that the banks of Trout Lake flooded, as they do every year. If you use the walkway closest you need to keep your dog on a leash or they get wet and muddy. I was pretty lucky today as Tiger headed towards the puddles I told her no and she actually listed :) We enjoyed the dry somewhat sunny day, there is more rain called for tonight and the rest of the week.

Lest We Forget

Monday, November 09, 2009

Stitching Question

Yesterday was a full day of visiting relatives and going out for lunch that I didn't have time to post. Today I was organizing my WIP and can't believe how many I have, we'll cover that another day.

So I've decided to put this question out there. Do you have a color of floss that you do not like stitching with ? I do, it's white ! I find it doesn't cover as well as other colors. I used to use one strand folded so there would be that loop to anchor the first stitch, well I started using two (no loop) and believe it or not the coverage (with all colors) is much better. With the white I've tried completing each stitch as I go and that seems to work well too.

Look forward to hearing if there are any you don't like.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Give Thanks

14 ct. Grey Adia DMC 3777
Heart on back is from Lady Quaker
Another rainy day here in Burnaby. I sometimes feel that I am not the best "Pet Parent" around. I see others walking their dogs in the rain, some dogs have coats some don't. Me I take advantage of it and stay in. Tiger does have a fair size yard if she really wanted to run around in the rain, but she doesn't. So other than going to the store to pick up a couple of things, Tiger will go for the ride, and then it will be a couch day of stitching.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Friday Flop

Well I awoke this morning to pounding rain, throughout the day it would stop only to start up again. It was a good day to stay in and stitch, which I did. Yesterday I came across a nice little pattern and finished it today and when I went to take pictures the camera wouldn't co-operate. I'm charging the battery now and tomorrow we'll see if I can get it to work.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Fall Hocus Pocus !

Well I missed a day of blogging. By the time I got home from work and wound down it was too late. Today was not looking good either, but here are 3 things I've stitched in the last little while. I can't remember where the fob came from so if you know, please tell me so I can give credit where it is due.

18ct oatmeal with DMC

Lizze Kate

14ct Lemon Twist by Sassy's Fabbys

with DMC

Helga Mandl design from TGOS September issue
14 ct. oatmeal with DMC
I'm off now to lay my splitting headache of a head down for an hour before I need to go out.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A Very Busy Day

Here it is day 3 of NaBloPoMo and I almost didn't have a post. It's too early in the month to start missing posts, so I will just tell you about my day. I'm retired, but do work 6 days a month. Not only do I get to catch up with my former co-workers, but I get some extra stash money :) Second and third business days of the month are busy. Tuesday is the busy day for the week. So when the 2nd business day falls on a Tuesday it is extremely busy. I got up at 5:00 a.m. to get to work at 7:30, had two 30 minute breaks finishing at 5:00 p.m. That's right, a very busy day, although I must say things went pretty smoothly. By the time I got to my car, stopped at the grocery store and forgot to buy what I needed it was just after 6:30 when I got home. So here it is almost 10:00 p.m. and I'm off to bed to get up tomorrow morning and do it all over again.

Monday, November 02, 2009

My Favorite Time of Year

Autumn in Appalachia by
18ct. oatmeal with DMC
I love this time of year when the leaves are changing colors and it begins to cool down. So when I saw this design I just had to have it. It was a relatively easy stitch, so why then did I make some errors, I couldn't frog them out, so I improvised and not each tree is as it should be. Bet you can't spot them right off, I know I can't tell where they are :)
Speaking of the weather, as you probably can tell the picture was taken when the sun was out, that was the other day today it's cold and raining.

Sunday, November 01, 2009


No this isn't gibberish talk ! It's National Blog Posting Month and I am going to give it a try, yes try, as you now I am not great with my posting . First off there is no theme for posting this month, so my posts will be a mix of things and of course stitching.

Design by Glory Bee from JCS Halloween Issue
28 ct. Sage by Sassy's Fabbys with DMC

As hard as I tried I just couldn't get this one finished into a pillow in time. I did manage to finish the stitching last night.