A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life


I'm so glad that you stopped by, and hope that you enjoy your visit. Here you will find pieces of my life - quilting, cross-stitch, family, travel, friends.
My name is Peg - I am a 60ish wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - and if we're not already related or friends, hope to become your friend too.
We live in the eastern end of the beautiful Fraser Valley, about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver, BC. Empty nesters, we have one son living just a few minutes away, our other son and daughter live in Alberta.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ferry ‘Cross the

Mercy Arrow

Lakes, that is!

On this trip we took two ferry rides, both of them across the Arrow Lakes.

First from west to east, from Fauquier (‘fo-key-ay’) to Needles.  There is nothing but a rest stop at each of these ferry docks, if you can call them docks, and they’re each about 50 km from the nearest center.  The ride at this crossing is only about 10 minutes, on a cable-pulled ferry that only holds a dozen or so vehicles.110.Fauguier to Needles ferry111


A few days later, from east to west, from Galena Bay to Shelter Bay.  At Galena Bay there’s construction happening, and not even a rest stop.  At Shelter Bay, the road is obviously newly paved and possibly widened, and there’s a parking lot and a small coffee stand.  Again, the docks aren’t much to speak of, and each is about 50 km from the nearest center.  This second crossing was about 25 minutes on a motorized ferry that unloaded 5 or 6 semi-rigs, a few RVs and 20 or so cars/pickup trucks.011015

These ferries are an absolute necessity on Highway 23 to serve the communities between Revelstoke on the north and Castlegar on the south, and to connect Hwy 23 going south from Revelstoke with Hwy 6 going west toward Vernon and Kelowna.


But there is an interesting history behind these ferry routes that are relatively new additions to the highway system in BC.  The Arrow Lakes, Upper and Lower, essentially a widening of the Columbia River, were formed because of the dams built on the Columbia River as a result of a treaty between Canada and the US for development of hydro power for both countries.  In the 1960’s, these dams flooded much of the valley along this stretch of the Columbia River in south eastern BC, forming the lakes as a result.  But it was at great cost to the lives of the people here.  Much arable land was sacrificed, along with the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of people.  The people were compensated for their houses and lands, at least for the ‘real’ price, and were relocated.  But the social, economical, psychological price could not be compensated as they were uprooted from their homes and way of life.

This is all now remote, and what we’re left with is a system of hydro power that has served our province well for several decades – as well as beautiful lakes amid the mountains that serve practically as well as yield much recreation and enjoyment.

Happy river travels!              Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

O’Keefe Ranch

Vernon is a city through which we’ve driven many times – on our way to somewhere.  But somehow we never had the time to stop.  Well, on this trip, we decided some time there would be a good idea.

So off we headed, with no plan for what to see or where to go, other than a park we’d been told would be well worth the visit.

030.Polson Park, Vernon

Oh, how we would have loved to stroll and picnic there – but: ‘no dogs allowed’.  So that let us out.  We did a drive through and saw lovely gardens, tennis courts, jogging paths, an outdoor stage.  But, oh well.

The water fowl enjoyed a visit from this little girl:034

Then we headed for old downtown, which was lovely with brick sidewalks and shade trees, but nothing caught our eye as a place we wanted to particularly explore.

After that we thought we’d check out some RV parks for future reference, and then we saw the sign:035.O'Keefe Ranch

(Oops, I cut off the top of it).

We’d often talked about visiting this historic site, and now we had our chance (and dogs are welcome!).


Much of the lifestyle of the O’Keefes has been preserved in their original mansion:

085.O'Keefe Mansion  087

Here’s just a few glimpses of what’s to be seen inside:090115114093113101

The serving dishes in one display each had a different bouquet of flowers in the center, indicating that they were all hand-painted:


An elegant life-style indeed!

Outdoors and in other buildings were displays of various artifacts that showed this elegance wasn’t the rule of thumb, but rather it was a simple life of hard work for most.  For example, these were the kind of stoves they used:


Believe it or not, in the first year of our marriage, we lived in a house with a similar type of stove, but it was oil-fueled, not wood-fueled.  So at least I didn’t have to chop wood LOL!

Then there is the blacksmith shop:062

Just look at these bellows, and imagine pumping that rod hour after hour to keep the fire hot:


And the cook’s house:

051.Cook's house052

The cook may have prepared the meals to be served in that elegant dining room, but s/he went ‘home’ at the end of the day to a one-room cottage.

As much as the O’Keefe family lived elegantly, I’m sure it took many years of hard work to attain and then maintain that lifestyle.

There is a church and cemetery on the ranch, and I took the opportunity to do a little cemetery crawl.  When I can do some more study of the family history, I’ll share some of that with you.

Happy history!                 Blessings, Peg

It Was a Dull and Cloudy Day….

Sounds kind of like the beginning to a mystery story, doesn’t it!

Well, not a mystery, but I do have a story to tell – the story of our travels.  We’ve been without good internet access for a few days again, so I have been writing these tales as we’ve lived them, and they will be published as I can.

And, yes, indeed, we started out under a cloud that threatened rain, and eventually the threat came true.  But no matter, we were headed away for a few days of seeing some new countryside, and just relaxing.

Our first destination: Lumby, BC, a little east of Vernon, and a place neither of us had ever visited.  We had reservations, and a good thing we did because the little campground here is almost full of families gathered for a reunion.  After driving for most of the day, we chose to just read and play some cards for the afternoon and evening.

But our second day, we headed out to see what there was to see.

First off, a local Farmers’ Market.  It was small but the people were friendly, and selling everything from produce to baked goods to kids’ books to tools to old LP records.  We took home a miniature carrot cake to enjoy after dinner, along with a few vegetables.001.Lumby farmers' market

The local museum was a delight, and the docent was superbly knowledgeable about everything we saw.002.Museum

Imagine having your shopping list all ready written out for you:

004.shopping list

This fridge has been continuously running apparently since the day it was purchased in 1949.  Nobody else is allowed to open it, though, because there’s a trick to closing it so that it keeps running:

005.Fridge that has run continuously since 1949

We were told that a local 19-year-old come in every so often to play this organ.  He apparently didn’t speak until he was over 6 years old but from the age of 2 has been able to play any instrument that he could get his hands on, and now has a collection of 13 pianos, 16 organs and 22 accordions.  How I’d have loved to hear him play:

007.Savant plays this organ

Then it was out to the ‘town’ of Cherryville.  The word ‘town’ is used loosely, because all we found was two convenience stores and an Artisans’ Market.  But we enjoyed wandering among the artisans’ booths to see the usual clothing, jewelry, woodwork, soap, and more home baked goods.006008

We’d been told that Lumby is on the edge of pot-growing country, and we shouldn’t be surprised at anything we see.  Well, we now have evidence that hippies are alive and well in this area:


Happy travels!                 Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Last One

Well, for Baby Eli, and certainly not forever.  But just finished up the last little project to take with us on our next trip, which will start in a couple of days.

First, here’s the project:


A little (30x20) wall hanging for above the crib.  And here’s a picture of the back, cute fabric I found in my stash, that I used for the sashing on the front, too:


And in a couple of days, we’re headed out for a trailer trip, that will include a stop to celebrate my parents’ 65th anniversary, and to Calgary to do the Highland Games (as well as visit that grandbaby, her parents, and the parents of the expected grandbaby – do I sound like a grandma, the babies have become the focus, their parents just apropos these days LOL!).

So while we’re away, Bonnie will head out to the sewing machine doctor for her annual checkup – she’s all packed and ready to go:


Happy finishes!                               Blessings, Peg

Monday, August 11, 2014

It WAS a Super Moon

Yesterday we heard on the news that there was to be a Super Moon last night, a moon that would be 30% bigger and brighter than normal because it is at its closest to earth for the month.  Because it was a clear day, and sure to be a clear evening, we set our clocks so as not to miss it!

It was indeed super bright, so bright it actually made the sky look grey rather than black.  Unfortunately we don’t have a camera that shows the mountains just below the moon.

On first zooming, this is the picture we could get:


Then we zoomed in as far as we could:


Can you see the expression on Old Man Moon’s face? (Sometimes I can and sometimes I can’t)

Oh, the wonders of nature!                    Blessings, Peg

Friday, August 8, 2014

Done and

Can’t say ‘done’ because somehow it seems I’m never done.  There’ll be another project on the go shortly, but for now:


I kept the quilting simple, with a large cross-hatch, and then simply outlining the giraffe – keeps the quilt nice and soft:002

On the back, the cutest fabric ever:


Here it is turned around the ‘right’ way:003

The words are ‘Baby’s First Friends’, ‘Cute and Cuddly’, ‘Stuffed to be Loved’, ‘Furry and Floppy’.

And I got a little pillow out of the leftovers:


Happy finish!                                         Blessings, Peg

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I Have a Niece

Actually I have several, all talented unique lovely young women, but today I want to tell you about just one of them.

B is very smart – once figured out some kind of math behind some kind of physics that we use every day (I’m lucky to figure out the math behind my bank account); very crafty – spins and weaves and knits and creates all kinds of things; very ecologically-minded – saves and reuses and recycles absolutely everything that she can.

Earlier this year, B moved to Nanaimo BC and promptly got a job in a quilt shop, Serge and Sew.  She had made a quilt or two in the past, and I’d thought she’d done a great job on them.  Well, here’s the picture of one she just recently made for a shop sample:

I think that’s worth a WOW or two, don’t you!

So if you’re ever over in Nanaimo, look up Serge and Sew, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed in their offerings.

Happy to have nieces (and nephews, too)!             Blessings, Peg