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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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Being Grandparents

We were asked to give our kids time to prepare for the big 1-year birthday party, so along with the other set of grandparents, we took LV to the quilt show at Heritage Village in Calgary.

We were so much more focused on being grandparents than we were on the quilts, even though both grandmothers are quilters.


We did manage to squeeze in a couple of quilt pictures, though.  The show, as always, was fantastic!


Happy, happy grandparents!  Blessings, Peg

It Was a Zoo

Lions 050

and tigers002

and hippos044

and giraffes046

and zebras 048

and penguins060

and Asian deer067

and camels020

and butterflies034

and orchids038 

Grizz and I took a day to visit the Calgary Zoo (sans grandchildren, they’re a little young for a full day like that, and besides their parents couldn’t come and didn’t want to miss their childrens’ first visit). It’s an impressive place, and we didn’t see it all by any means, so we’ll be back, next time with little ones along.

Blessings, Peg

Saturday, May 9, 2015

It’s May 9 already???

Where did April go, and I missed May Day, May the 4th Be With You, Cinqo de Mayo….

Oh, man, life is passing by just too fast!

But I have accomplished a few things.

This quilt is on the design wall:


And yesterday afternoon, I whipped up these two little goodies:


Aren’t they just so cute!!!!

Now Brenda is all packed up and will go for her spa treatment (AKA sewing machine service) while we’re away playing with our grandchildren.

Today, we’re going to head out to shop at some garage sales with DS-K and DDIL-M, pick up the last of the bark mulch to finish off our back yard, then later dinner and cards with friends. 

And then we have a couple of days to finish off the last bits and pieces before we head out with the trailer next week.  Oh, and tomorrow evening take in a show at our local arts center.  All in all a full weekend!

When we get home, we’ll be moving my parents, so they’ll be living nearer to us and we don’t have to wonder if the mountain passes will be open if we need to get to them.

And Grizz has been busy too, besides working in the back yard – he built a shoe rack for our trailer (among other little jobs that I keep finding for him)


So, we’re off and running!

Happy May to all of you, and wishing all you mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow.

Blessings, Peg

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Across the Rainbow Bridge

We had to let our Sadie cross the Rainbow Bridge yesterday.


She was almost 13 years old, and had been our faithful companion and friend for almost 9 years.  Registered as Sunset’s Nanaimo Joy, she was originally called ‘Moxie’, but that just didn’t suit her in our eyes (and ears), so we renamed her Sadie.

She arrived from the kennel in Nanaimo with friends and Grizz picked her up as he was on his way to the campground we’d booked for that weekend.


She was trying to figure out who we were and why she was there with us.  And then she got off her leash.  If you think bassets can’t run, think again.  Grizz had a time catching her!

But she settled in fairly quickly, and wanted to be nowhere if she couldn’t be near to us.

Last year she had an episode when her hind legs collapsed, and that was when we discovered her back was full of arthritis.  Then she had another episode of what appeared to be significant pain, and we learned that she had an enlarged liver.  That was when we knew her days were beginning to be numbered.

In January she had a toe removed for a cancer, and we decided that would be the last surgery we would allow for her.

Early yesterday morning, I could hear her feet moving against the laminate floor, but they weren’t going anywhere.  When we looked we found she couldn’t raise her hind legs.  We gave her an extra dose of pain meds, and after a bit stood her up, and she was able to walk but obviously suffering.  Our decision was made for us, we couldn’t allow her to suffer.

Now our house is extra quiet, and gradually the tears will subside.  We’ll miss Joy-Moxie-Sadie, but we know she’s at peace and no longer in pain.

Blessings, Peg

Friday, April 24, 2015

Summer Fun Ahead

Yesterday was a rainy day, so we abandoned our outdoor work to do some indoor work on an outdoor project:


We made two of these little swings for our grandchildren. The pattern and directions were found at One Sassy Housewife.

Can’t wait to get these hung up in their yards, and swing away!

Happy summer!               Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Just Too Cute

You won’t believe this!001

This little tiny kilt is for LW – now 6 months old.  And apparently only 6” from waist to knee.  I couldn’t believe how tiny this was when I finished it.  Here it is beside a box of Kleenex to give you an idea.002

There’s a 3” hem on it to allow some growing room.

Oh, how I love cuteness, and even more when the cute is one of my grandchildren.  We’ll be heading their way in a few weeks so we can actually try this on!

Happy baby sewing!   Blessings, Peg

Sunday, April 19, 2015

To Sit and to Dream

There’s one place in every household where everybody sits at one time or another….

You got it, the throne.  Well, we recently painted and upgraded our throne rooms, and decided we needed something interesting to look at when we sit there.

Thus, the wall hanging that I’ve been working on and have shared with you all as it’s progressed.

It’s in place, and so now when we’re sitting, we can do some remembering and some day-dreaming


Along with a few other ‘sea-side’ trinkets, it’s actually quite a nice room, and I don’t mind company visiting and doing some of their own day-dreaming.


Up next: a kilt for little LW.  He’s 6 months old now, and because he has Scottish heritage from both of his parents, and his daddy competes in the Scottish Heavy Events, I got the request to see if I could make him a kilt to match his dad’s and grand-dad’s.  Oh, but this is tiny!  I’ll have it to show you in a day or two.

Happy dreams!               Blessings, Peg