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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Friday, July 24, 2009

Milestones

Well, here we are at Friday again.  I’ve been seeing blogger friends comment on milestones in blogging (100, 300) and wonder if I’ll ever make a mile stone.  Then I noticed – 47 blogs since last November, that’s more than one a week which was my goal when I started.  There’s that word again – I guess I really am a goal-oriented person.
I follow several bloggers, and see some who blog every day, and I wonder (as some of them have commented) where they find the topics, the words, the time.  I find each blog takes me easily an hour, and I don’t think I could do it!   But then, if I blogged daily, they’d be shorter, and maybe a little easier to read?!?
Anyway, unless and until my life changes and settles a little more, I’ll keep on with the weekly pattern and maybe an occasional extra thrown in when the mood hits – the milestones will come when they come.
The early part of the week, I made a little headway on the table runners for my friend, then ran out of backing fabric, which I rectified fairly quickly, then got going again and ran out of spray glue, got some of that and finished layering the runners, started on actually quilting and don’t you know it – ran out of thread.  So yesterday I got some more thread, but didn’t get to do any quilting today. 
And the anniversary quilt is another step closer to being finished – signatures transferred to fabric, shapes cut out, ironed on and waiting for the final applique stitching to be done.  My sisters and niece and I did some more planning for the reunion in August, and invitations were mailed today to our parents’ siblings and their families in case any of them wish to join us for their milestone celebration (my parents will be married 60 years next month!)
In between, DH and I lifted the patio stones, and poured and leveled sand and reset the stones – hopefully the low spots have been raised and we won’t have sitting water any more.
This afternoon DH and I did a little geocaching, and had some successes.  This is really looking like the perfect couple hobby for us!
The insurance medical requests are certainly keeping me busy – can hardly believe how much work there is.
After dinner, I got my weekly fix of Southern gospel music, watching the Bill Gaither Hour.   This is a wonderful hour of praise and rejoicing, with fabulous musicians and singers.  Tonight’s show featured Mark Lowry on Broadway, honoring the Lord with his music and his humor.  The songs touched my heart and reminded me of the love of my Father, the sacrifice of my Lord for me, the gracious mercy He shows me everyday
Tomorrow we celebrate a milestone for DH’s brother and his wife.  This is the year they turn 50, and we’re throwing a joint party for them, approximately half-way between their birthdays. 
So in between trying to reach milestones, and preparing to celebrate milestones, life goes on and daily little achievements are milestones in themselves.
Peg

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I got a little surprise this morning

The quilt I'm making for my parents' anniversary, was featured on another blog. Quilt Nut Creations is a blog by one of the owners of the shop where I had this one quilted. She did a short blog on borders, and inserted a picture of my quilt. It really feels good to have others acknowledge my work. While I'm talking about the anniversary quilt - all of the signatures/messages have arrived, I've printed them on fabric, cut them out, ironed them onto the quilt, and will now complete the applique with blanket stitch around each piece. Stay tuned for the final picture.

Friday, July 17, 2009

A Week of Challenges

Well, here we are at the end of another week, and it’s been a full one.
We started last Friday heading out to Kamloops for Highland Games.  We took the long way around and stopped at Kelowna at a GPS store to get a windshield mount and new cord for our Garmin geocaching GPS.  We used our Magellan GPS, bought to help us find new places before we started geocaching, to try to find the store.  After crawling past an accident scene, at the end of the directions, we were told to turn right, and ended up going around in circles for a few minutes before we discovered we should have turned left!!  The 1st challenge of the week.
After leaving the GPS store, we set the Magellan for the hotel in Kamloops, opting for ‘shortest distance’.  Well, just a few kilometres north of Kelowna, we were directed to turn off the highway.  We kind of wondered, but followed the directions.  We ended up seeing some new countryside, and going through the back streets of Vernon, before getting back onto highway again.  2nd challenge of the week.

Arriving safely at the hotel, we got settled, phoned DS1 who was staying at a different hotel, and went out to find some glasses for me – I’d forgotten my reading glasses at home.  Coincidentally, I found a pair of shoes that I think will be perfect to wear on the beach at DD’s wedding – ballet flats, in glittery gold and silver fabric, with silver trim – cheap and perfect to keep the sand out of my toes during the ceremony.  I will still need to find shoes for the evening, but there’s time (I think, unless it keeps on going as fast as it has been lately).
For dinner, we’d been invited to my sister’s to say farewell to my brother-in-law, who has accepted a job out of town for the next year.  We had a great visit and met a great-niece for the first time.  She’s a real cutie, almost a year old, and keeping the family entertained and on their toes!! 
Saturday morning, up bright and early, met DS and a friend for breakfast, and then out on the field for the day.   We sold out of our T-shirts:


As always, it was fun, but also challenging (3rd of the week) – I spent the day under the tent, entering scores into the computer program, and tracking athlete standings so that we could award their prizes at the end of the day.  When all was tidied up, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at a Greek restaurant, and then crashed back at the hotel.  It’s amazing how tiring a day in the outdoors can be!!

The next morning, we found ourselves wide awake at 4:30, so decided to get on the road to home – no GPS needed.  Leaving before 5:30, we delayed breakfast until we reached Merritt, and arrived home by 8:00.  We had a whole morning to do whatever we wanted – so we decided to do some geocaching.

DS1 and his friend, Greg,  arrived mid afternoon, shortly before I headed out to work.  At least I got home early enough to get in a good visit before bed.  Greg headed home to Seattle early the next morning.  But we had DS1 around for a few days.

Monday and Tuesday, I made headway on quilting projects,  challenges 5 and 6, but nothing finished enough to show you yet.

Wednesday – moving day for DS2 and his wife.  Challenge # 7.  Aren’t moving days always a challenge?   Trying to fit everything into every small space in every vehicle you own.  Deciding what can go to the local thrift store, and what absolutely must be kept, even if there’s not enough room for it.  Moving sofas and beds and tables and dressers and desks down elevators, down stairs, around corners, and through skinny doors. 

Doing your best not to damage furniture, break the fragile, punch holes in walls, or take out door trim.  We managed with minimal damage, got in some visiting over a picnic lunch, and had emptied as many boxes as possible by 3:00.

Thursday, house cleaning day.  DS1 left for home (Calgary) and DH went out to work, and I got the house to myself.  And here we are at the end of the week.  It’s been a great one, with a lot accomplished, and some great times with friends and family.  Challenges – and blessings.  Isn’t that what life is all about?
Wishing you challenges and blessings in your lives.     Peg

Friday, July 10, 2009

On the Road Again

Good morning all - a quick note before we head out this morning, this time to Kamloops for Highland Games. This will be a much smaller competition and more relaxing day than our day at Coquitlam 2 weeks ago.

There's some curiosity out there about how my first insurance medical visit went, so I'll fill you in. After making the appointment, I clarified a few things with the head office to be sure I really did know what I was doing. We discovered that I didn't have the correct waybills for the lab company, but that got straightened out. So Saturday morning I loaded up paperwork, lab kits, extra paperwork, extra lab kits, scale, gloves, hand cleanses, tape measure, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope and anything else I could think of that I needed to be sure I could do this job. Needless to say I was a little nervous - my course had been 2 months before, and I wondered if I was really ready for this. This first appointment was with a couple, required only lab work and vital statistics. So, got everything all laid out, got paperwork signed and out of the way, wrapped the tourniquet around the woman's arm, took a deep breath and poked!! No blood!! Well, I moved the needle around a bit, in and out, up and down, sideways - still no blood. Okay then - let's try the other arm. She said the lab regularly has difficulty getting blood out of her. Wouldn't you know it!! The second arm was no different. So, instructions given that the office would arrange a lab visit for her. On to try again on the man. His blood spurted out so easy - what a relief!!! The vials were filled, he produced his urine specimen, I gave him a big hug as I measured him, repeated the measurements and hugging on his wife, and I was out the door. All in all, not a bad experience. So I think I'm ready for the next one - if only the man would answer his phone.

That was last Saturday. During the rest of the week, I've made headway with my table runner project, and got ready to do the appliques on the anniversary quilt. We got our GPS updated, so we can do more treasure hunts (see my other blog for those adventures), and I had a quilting day with friends - secret project that I'll fill you in on when the recipient gets it. Basically a relaxing week that I thoroughly enjoyed.

So we'll be leaving in an hour or so, and I'll do my best to get lots of pics to share with you next week. God bless you all. Peg

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Back to normal

Well, since getting home from our holiday life seems to have settled back into normal, but then I sometimes wonder what normal is. For us lately it seems to be living from one moment to the next, with no real plans, goals, or direction. And that has meant that setting and keeping goals has gone out the window.
This last week has been busy, sometimes I’m not sure with what, but I always seem to be on the move.
Saturday, we spent the day at the Vancouver Scottish Association Highland Games, officialling for the Heavy Events BC Championships. Highland Games gets its name from the athletic events that began in Scotland in ancient times – any Scottish gathering that doesn’t include athletics can’t be called Games, but instead is called a Festival or Gathering. In North America the emphasis has become the pipe bands and Highland dancers, so when we’re at Games, we’re surrounded with a lot of Scottish culture.
We’ve been involved with the Heavy Events for 10 or so years, since our DS1 started competing. For those of you who don’t know what that is – have you ever seen the big guys turning the telephone pole (actually called a caber)? Well, that’s just one event of several that include hammer throwing and stone putting. Here’s a picture of DH judging the stone throw. DH is on the left in the hat, no kilt. Somehow in the rush getting out the door in the morning, our kilts got left behind. The thrower here is our local club president, who also fills the role of MC for the day.

I spent my day on the computer recording scores and tracking rankings and records. We’re gearing up for the World Heavy Events Championship next May in Victoria. Next weekend, we’ll be at Kamloops for their annual Highland Games.
After the long day on Saturday, Sunday was very restful. In the morning DH's brother and sister-in-law came out to clean their trailer after the trip. And in the afternoon DS2 and DIL came to cook dinner for us and her parents to honor Father’s Day (late because we were away) and DH’s birthday. They did beer-can chicken, roast potatoes with carrots, coleslaw and a fabulous apple crisp. We had a wonderful time visiting.
Monday I finally got to do some quilting, Tuesday got around to doing some organizing in the garage. Then Wednesday was Canada Day. We spent the morning at the local park, greeting friends and honoring our country’s dominion. In the afternoon, we tried some geocaching, but couldn’t track down any treasures. We need to do some more learning about how this GPS works, I guess.
Thursday and Friday I worked, and here we are back at Saturday again, wondering where the time went this week.
Today DH is going out to start a reno job. And I have my first assignment to do an insurance medical. I’m a little nervous about that, hoping I don’t forget anything.
The coming week – well, you know what, I think I’ll just take each day as it comes. Tuesday I’m meeting with friends to start a quilt project, and other than that nothing particular on the calendar until we leave for the Games on Friday.
Until next time – God bless you all.
Peg