A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life

Welcome

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 late 60's wife, mother, grandmother, 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 and their children live in Alberta.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Family and Friends

 It's been a great 10 days around here!  Well, actually not all around here, because our time included a few days of camping with friends.

We started with a visit from my brother, sister-in-law and niece as they passed through on their way to see another sister for a short visit.  It's always so nice to have family around, and we miss the long visits we used to have before COVID!

We went to Oliver for our camping trip - friends from here and from Edmonton joined us, and we spent four glorious days in the late summer heat just relaxing!  Because of health issues and constraints around COVID, this trip didn't include any side trips to sight-see or do any wine-tasting.  But just being together, catching up on life, playing cards, and getting some much-needed R&R was enough for all of us.  Lots of laughs!

We hurried home on Sunday to get here in time to gather with a few family members to celebrate my mother's 89th birthday.  My parents live in an assisted-living residence, so our visits with them are generally through a window.  Any gifts or goodies we want to deliver, are taken from us by a staff member, sanitized, and then handed over.  So we gather outside, wear our masks, take turns sitting at the window for a chat, sing Happy Birthday, send in our gifts and cards, mingle a bit, take photos and then 'air-hug' before we leave again.


The staff opened the door briefly so we could get a group photo.


One of the gifts was from my sister, the author.  Her first book has just been published and a couple of copies arrived while we were away - just in time to give a copy for Mom's birthday. 

 


As soon as I finish the book I'm reading (I can only handle one book at a time these days), I'll dig into this one.  It's a fantasy from what I've gathered, and those family members who have already started reading it are finding it a good read, so I'm looking forward to this.  Anybody interested in getting a copy can find it on Amazon, either as a paperback or as an e-book.

Good times, happy reading!   Blessings, Peggy

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Family Together

It was almost a year ago that our family experienced the loss of a son/brother/husband/father/grandfather - my brother, Jim.  He was far too young, and his death came very quickly.  Plans for a Celebration of Life were made for this spring/summer, but then....COVID.  How very many things have changed because of this virus!

But this weekend, we had the opportunity to have a small gathering in Jim's memory.  My sis-in-law came for a few days, and we were given special permission from the residence where my parents live to take them out for a short time.  We had protocols to follow of course.

We gathered on the patio at my cousins' home:

Except when eating masks were worn


We shared photos and memories

 

It was emotional at times


And great-grandma was able to actually hold the youngest family member, our grandson EJ


Jim was a very special man, loved and respected by all who knew him.  His sense of humor and love of pranks caught all of us at some time or other in our lives.  We miss him dearly. 

His memory lives on at his place of work where he was instrumental in creating a safe ice-breaker for the tailings ponds.  His leadership skills meant his staff asked themselves 'What Would Jim Do', and the icebreaker was named appropriately 'WWJD'.

Treasured memories!!  Blessings, Peggy

Saturday, August 29, 2020

A COVID Summer

 Our trailer hasn't had much use this year.  We had plans - some pretty big ones, but then.....well you're all going through the same thing.  Staying home more than not, limiting contacts, cleaning EVERYTHING, learning to wear masks and gloves.  It's the reality of the world we live in right now.

But we did manage a couple of weekends out with our trailer, both times with our DS1 and his family.  This most recent trip was to Kimberley.

We enjoyed many, many deer wandering through the campground.  The mamas had little fear of the humans - the fawns a little more skittish.


The river was a lovely spot to visit.  And the boys liked climbing over the rocks.


The boys got to play in the pool - interesting to see how the campground management arranged social distancing.


We visited Fort Steele - once a town, now a national historic site.  And again, wonderful to see how safety and social distancing was managed.  The animals were a hit - and the wagon ride was fun!



All in all a great weekend, and we were so happy to be able to get out and enjoy some of the summer!

Happy summer everybody!  Blessings, Peggy

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

QUIP

 Well it's not actually a QUIP, because it's now finished!!!  For those of you who are not quilters, a QUIP is a quilt in progress.  This post is about the progression of this particular quilt, from the beginning.

It all started with purchasing a new mattress - a mattress that was in between the standard queen and king sizes.  This meant purchasing a frame and making adjustments to it so it would fit.  This also meant that our queen size quilts wouldn't do the job; it also meant that we'd need a custom made headboard.

So DH did all the hard work and got a frame adjusted and made a platform to support the mattress.  Then it was my turn. 

I found an idea for a quilt that could be made to size, and this is a picture of the top before it was finished:

Then a headboard needed to be designed, and I collaborated with my sister to come up with something similar to a design I'd seen somewhere on-line, then commissioned DS1 to fabricate it and it was attached to the bed (this was before the new quilt was done, somehow until recently I had no photos of the new quilt on the bed):

You can see the various rectangles created.  The original idea was to put colored acrylic in some of the spaces, but not all.  When my sister and I tried that, we quite quickly discovered it wasn't going to work quite the way we thought.  Then DH said, 'can't you make a quilt to go behind there' - and the wheels started turning.

In the beginning there was a whole bunch of rectangles of strips cut at 45 degrees hanging on my design wall - this is 1/2:

Slowly, the rectangles were patched together, with much measuring and double-checking each step of the way.  The second half went much faster, as I had a better idea of what I was doing:

When it was all together, I checked to see if it was actually going to work on the headboard:

 
 
Whew!  It looked like it was going to work.  There was a lot of time in between each step, but things were beginning to solidify in my mind.  First - borders:
Then sandwich (layer top, batting, backing) and quilt.  I did very light quilting - simply stitched around each block:
In between, I prepared photos of our grandchildren, and printed them on fabric.  Each photo was applied within a block of the quilt, using needle turn applique:
 
LV


LW


                                                                         MD

                                                                             FA

                                                                          EJ


With the photos on, velcro was applied and the quilt was ready to hang behind the headboard:

We're really pleased with the result, finishes the space, and we get to enjoy seeing our grandchildren every night before we go to sleep!  And I can change out the photos as the children grow.

This was an adventure, not sure I'd do it again, but it was enjoyable!

Happy quilting!       Blessings, Peggy

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Family and Fun!

We're just home from a 4-day trip with our trailer.  The first for this year, but hopefully not the last!  This trip we met up with our DS1 and his family.  These times with children and grandchildren are so very special.  A few weeks ago, we made a quick trip out to Alberta to pick up some meat from DS1 and, of course, to spend some time with all of them there.  It was a very very quick trip and didn't allow for a lot of together time, but we were being so very conscious of the restrictions of these COVID times.  We made sandwiches to eat on the way, and only stopped for fuel and pick up a coffee; then while in Alberta we didn't visit any retail shops at all!  The best part, of course, was time with the children and grands - and we came home with some new art for our fridge.  I took pictures of each family art separately, then later put them all together.  The first photo is the artwork of LW (5) and FA (3).  The second photo is the artwork of LV (6) and MD (4).

But back to this most recent trip.  Our DS1 has purchased a travel trailer, and we met up at a campground near Revelstoke.  It was just so much fun to be together!  And a little less COVID worry because we were in our own self-contained trailers.

The boys thoroughly enjoyed their bikes and the playground:


We had a campfire every evening

During a rainy spot we played games and built puzzles indoors (so nice to have a dry trailer to use:
We visited 3 Valley Gap Heritage Village:

And had a train ride:
We also went on the Giant Cedar boardwalk trail at Revelstoke National Park:

Fun times, family times, the best of life!  I hope that you all can find some opportunities to spend time with family and friends.  Blessings, Peggy

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Happy 93 years Dad!

Yesterday was my Dad's birthday!  And it was Canada Day!  Every year is always a double celebration for him - and for my sister M, as it's her birthday as well.  There's also a great-grandson born on the same day.  The little one wasn't able to be with us, but a bunch of us got together to celebrate - COVID style!



We had cupcakes with sparklers, everybody sang, and we all had a good visit!  Fun times!

Blessings, Peggy

Monday, June 15, 2020

Changes

Here we are all of a sudden at the middle of June.  Some days it feels like time just drags, especially when we're anticipating something new coming up.  Other days, we can't believe how quickly an anticipated event arrives. The improvement in the COVID situation has started a rush of changes in our lives.

Our little EJ is now just over three weeks old - already!  We get to see this little grandson every few days and sometimes it feels like he's growing so very slowly.  And then we remember that our other grandchildren live far enough away that we only see them every few months, so of course they seemed to grow so much faster.   But growing he is, already having to move out of the newborn sizes.  And he's starting to stay awake a little more, and settling into a routine.  We haven't, of course, told his parents that just about the time they figure out his routine, he'll change it - they'll find that out soon enough!  He did lay beside his daddy for a soccer game on TV - the first of many, many to come in this little man's life, we're sure! 

But best of all his mommy and daddy felt comfortable enough to bring him to our house for a few hours yesterday - a whole afternoon of cuddling!  Good for a grandmother's heart!

With the relaxation of the COVID restrictions, we're beginning to slowly open our home to a limited number of people, keeping in mind that we never really, truly know who we might be in contact with as we venture out periodically to get the necessities of life.  But we did get in a game of cards last week - what fun!  The big change in that was: no snacking while playing.

Outdoors, the rain has brought some lovely spring changes to our little garden.  Roses are beginning to bloom and we can enjoy them inside as well.
  Bluebells brighten up the garden space, and apparently help to minimize other weeds.
Our dogwood is in full bloom.

And in between showers, we bought and planted a couple of blueberry bushes, and a currant bush - we know we'll be home enough this summer to nurture them.

Here's hoping that things will continue to improve, and that we'll all be able to settle into what will become our new norm!        Blessings, Peggy