A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life

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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, April 13, 2014

Too Cute for Words

DD sent us a request – please pick up a package in Abbotsford for us.

Got there yesterday – and oh my…..just too, too darling:

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These teeny tiny moccasins were obviously just too adorable to resist.

Just a few weeks, and there may be little feet in them!

Happy delivery!                Blessings, Peg

Friday, April 11, 2014

April Start–and Some Progress

Following up with my New Year commitment (I refuse to call it a resolution), and after a bit of a hiatus, I’m back on track with New Beginnings – a Start a Month. 

April’s start:

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And a little bit of progress:

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I’m waiting on the arrival of one more fabric to move forward with this, but that should happen in the next few days.

In the meantime, I’ve completed a project, at the request of DD for her expected little one:

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Grizz is one week post knee surgery today, and getting around very, very well.  We think he’s even better at this point than he was at the same point after the last surgery.  Very, very encouraging!

Happy progress!          Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cleaning house

It’s spring and typically a time to clean house.  When I clean house, this is not what it looks like:

It’s actually a lot more like this:

In reality, I no longer do the big spring or fall cleaning that I used to do.  I took a lesson from my mother, who cleans one room every month (now lives in a very small place so one a month gets her through her whole house twice a year).  I need to do one or two rooms a month to get through it all twice a year, but that’s okay as long as I don’t pair up the kitchen with any other room LOL!

I’m also a bit of a spot cleaner – I see a spot (cupboard, drawer, closet) that needs cleaning or organizing and clean it on the spot.  Which usually leads to cleaning another cupboard/drawer/closet or two or three, mostly because something has been put in the wrong spot, and when I move it to the right spot…..well you can probably guess how that goes!

A couple of days ago, I opened the drawers underneath our day bed in the spare room 025to look for some beads for a craft project; discovered things I’d completely forgotten I had, things that had been ‘put’ just to put somewhere, things that I used once and have no idea why I kept them, things that I have no idea what they could ever, ever have been used for, just stuff….so the cleaning began.  And the result:026

All my needlecraft, bead, and ribbon supplies are in the right-hand drawer; and painting supplies, tools, glues and such-like are in the left-hand drawer.  (The third drawer is actually for gift-wrapping supplies, and gets cleaned out every time I need to find a gift bag or wrapping paper).  If you look at the top picture again you’ll see a model ship that Grizz started too many years ago to count, and it got tucked away and somehow never came out again.  Well, it’s out now – here’s hoping he’ll get back to it.

In this same cleaning mood, I decided it was time to clean up the computer somewhat, specifically Blogger.  I’ve been noticing that I only hear from about 6-8 blogger friends on a regular basis, and that I’ve been feeling completely bogged down with trying to keep up with all the bloggers that I’ve been following.  So I started to check it out, and chuck it out.  From following something over 150 blogs, I’m down to 37.  Now that’s manageable. 

Happy de-cluttering!                     Blessings, Peg

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Mail Box

Most days our mail boxes, both actual and virtual, are just boring everyday stuff.  Like bills and flyers and such-like.  Really, I appreciate our virtual mail-box more and more because that seems to be where we hear from some of those friends and family that we don’t see regularly and who don’t actually write letters anymore.

But the last few days has brought a couple of nice surprises!

First, a small package in the actual mail box.  Back in February I participated in the Grow Your Blog hop, and hosted a small give-away.  I sent off the package to the winner, and then completely forgot about it.  Then a few days ago, we brought home this small package, post-marked from the US and I was so curious!  This is what was inside:002

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This beautiful hand-crafted card on its own hand-crafted stand came from Dawn of Overboard Creations.  Dawn was the winner of the Grow Your Blog give-away in February, and she thanked me with a sample of her own talent!  A treasure for sure!

Then just today, the surprise came in the virtual mail-box.  I’m going to be published!  Well, Grizz and I together.  We drafted an article about choosing, buying and outfitting an RV, and submitted it to a magazine.  They accepted the article, and it will be published in the May/June issue of RV Times.

  If you’re an RV’er you’re surely familiar with this free publication, and I believe that the next issue will be May/June, coming in a few weeks.  Believe me, I’ll be watching for it!

Happy mail!                 Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Almost a Finish

Not quite, but close enough to suit me.

Back in January, I committed along with Thea at California Dreamin’ to a start a month.  Thea called it New Beginnings and set up a linky party for any and all who would like to join in.  And I, personally, committed to a finish a month (not necessarily the finish of the one started, if that makes sense to anybody).

Well, life intervened around here, and all my plans got put on hold for a bit and then it took another bit before I got going again.

So my Jan Feb March start is the same now as it was back then:004

And my Jan Feb March finish (almost) is a quilt that I’d had sandwiched for quite some time, trying to decided first how I wanted to quilt it, and then getting up the courage to tackle it:

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Wacky stars, echo-quilted with dark thread on top:

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And shiny gold thread on the black flannel backing:DSCN0323

All that’s left is to sew down the binding, and then clean up all the lint on that black LOL.

So I’m quite happy with this progress right now.  And in a few days, I’ll share my April start.  So good to be back on track!

And life is kind of back to normal.  Baby Gracie is still hanging in there; she’s 32 weeks now and can technically arrive any time safely, but we’d be happy for her to wait another month or so and gain some weight.  Her mama is still on restricted activity, but out of bed and doing fine.  The other grandma and I have almost finished up the baby room sewing, and I have a couple other projects to work on over the next few weeks.

Grandchild #2, Peanut, is 13 weeks now and Mama is starting to feel a little better.  We got the US picture last week, and all looks good:

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And there are lots of plans for sewing projects for this little one, to keep me busy over the summer.

Grizz and I have been doing some around-the-house work, in preparation for his second knee surgery and then restricted activity for a while.  Surgery is scheduled for Friday, and we’re feeling confident that he’ll go through this one as well as he did the last one.  So the yard is cleaned up, the windows are washed, the appliances have been pulled out and cleaned behind.  And the sun is shining!  What more could we want?

Happy blessings!                         Peg

Monday, March 10, 2014

Is It Here–Is It Really Here??

 

It’s a few days yet before the actual first day of spring, but we’re certainly starting to see the signs.

There’s some green on trees, there’s an occasional crocus, and Mr. Robin came to visit a few days ago:

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We’ve even seen a small bird in our bird bath (but too slow getting the camera out).  And nearby a pair of eagles are back in their nest, but the nest is in a place where we can only see it as we cross a bridge, so no place to stop for a picture.

I know I’ve been very remiss in keeping you all up to date with life and times round and about.  Sorry about that, but not actually accomplishing much of anything.  I spend all my time day-dreaming about the grandchildren that we’re going to greet in the not-too-distant future.

#1 is due in late May, but we expect to see her almost anytime now.  DD has been on restricted activity for the last couple of months, and the wee one every so often threatens to join us.  I spent most of February in Calgary with them, all is much more stable now, and actually she’s safe to be born, but we’d all like her to do a little more growing first.

#2 is due in October to DS1 and his lovely wife, who is experiencing the worst of the morning sickness (all day!!) right now.  Because of a couple of previous losses, an early US was done and all indications are good.  They’ll be under obstetrician care, which makes us all happy!

So, you’d think I’d be quilting and sewing up a storm, but I’m not!  Lots of plans, but for some reason I just can’t get motivated.  So this is what’s sitting around my sewing space:

A quilt on the machine that is being quilted, slowly, oh, so very slowly:DSCN0245

Fabrics for a diaper bag:DSCN0243

Fabrics for a baby quilt (need a few more colors for this one):

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DD’s MIL has just returned from Calgary, and brought over the fabrics they were able to choose for the baby room, and we have some dates now set aside to sew crib sheets, change table covers, pillow cover, sleeping cozies.  All good practice for the same kind of sewing that I’ll do for baby #2.  But this will all wait a couple of weeks.

First, we’re headed to Alberta for a week to visit the kids, and take a few things to them (after I get down to the basement and dig through some boxes – UGH!).

Then shortly after we get home, Grizz is scheduled to have his second total knee replacement surgery.  All the prep work has been done, so he’s good to go.

Back in January, I joined Thea at California Dreamin’ in a pledge to start a new quilt each month, and I personally pledged to finish one each month (not necessarily the one that was started).  Well…..that hasn’t happened.  But once we’re home from this trip, I’ll start fresh with the pledge and get going.  I’m sure once I get started, I’ll be hooked again, and unable to resist the call of the sewing machine!  Maybe I’ve been waiting for spring!

Happy that spring is almost here, happy to being almost a Nan, happy to know the little ones and their mothers are getting such good care, happy to be able to get out and see them all.

Wishing you all just as much happiness!           Blessings, Peg

Monday’s ‘Musement

I couldn’t stop laughing!

‘Nuff said!