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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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Food for Thought

I've just finished one of the most thought-provoking books that I've read in a long, long time. 'The Shack' by William P. Young is a novel about a man's adventure as he spends a weekend in conversations with God learning about the relationship that God wants to have with him. He meets the 'Father' in a rather unique personality certainly different from any picture I've ever had of God - and in fact different than what he expected actually, the Son as a most pragmatic human being, and the Holy Spirit in a tangible yet intangible form. These 3/1 led him to look at his relationships on earth as well as his relationship with God and how to live out his relationships with people through his relationship with God and viceversa. This is putting things very simply. I can't even begin to describe the ideas and thoughts and teachings that poured out of this book. I think I may have to read it again real soon to be able to fully appreciate everything (or at least a little more) demonstrated in this very unique novel.

When I first heard about this book, I thought it sounded just too weird, but when I saw it in a used book display something drew me to it - and I am more than glad that I picked it up. Much of what I have understood about God and the teachings of the Bible has been exposed and expanded through this book. I challenge all of you to read it if you haven't already - you will surely be blessed.

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Things

It’s been a busy, busy week.  At long last time and weather coincided to allow us to get some yard work done.  While I worked in the back cleaning up flower beds, removing and moving plants and generally getting things ready for fall, DH worked in the front, putting new edging around the flower bed.


My Monday night quilting group started meeting again – it was so much fun to catch up on our summers.  N had a reunion with some on-line quilting buddies, and a family reunion, and a cruise.  L1 had a trip to Idaho and her dad’s 90th birthday.  L2 spent most of her summer entertaining family and friends at their cabin.  G got the opportunity to work at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival and hob-nob with the stars.  Not everybody was there, so there’ll be more catching up going on I’m sure.  Of course quilting had been happening, so show and tell had us oohing and aahing over those accomplishments.




I also got back to Weight Watchers, and am thankful that I’ve basically maintained my weight for the summer, despite camping and parties and ice cream and no gym….  So after next week, back to regular exercise, and maybe these last few pounds can disappear before DD’s wedding!!

Quilt projects have been progressing, but not yet ready to show them to you.  I did finish up alittle purse for a dear lady who gave us a room when we were in Kelowna helping out my parents. It’s crocheted from some very ‘nubbly’ yarn, fully lined with a zipper closure.  She saw one I’d made for myself, and wanted one to take on their trip south this winter.  Handy for taking along to dinner when you don’t want to carry a whole purse, just a key and a tissue.  I hope she’ll enjoy it.

Over the summer, we’ve missed all of the ESS meetings, so got together with the coordinator and got some assignments – working on some training opportunities and getting some venues aboard in the event that we need to open a reception center for a disaster.  We did manage to get started on some of that this week.  But I had to miss the Friends of the Library Book Sale -  hopefully things will settle and I’ll get back to them more over the winter.

The dog needed dental work, so she spent a day at the vet’s.

And I had a couple of insurance medicals to squeeze in.

So today will be a day to relax – tomorrow we need to get the trailer loaded before we go to a meeting and dinner – Sunday off again for a week of camping.  
Have a blessed week everyone.               Peg

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Secrets

Well, we’re ready to reveal – at least one of them.  I don’t actually like keeping secrets, but this one was to be a surprise for our brother/sister who have become our closest friends and camping buddies.  Below is a picture of our most recent purchase:

 Yes, it’s a new trailer, this one with a slide to give us a little more walking around room and eliminate tripping over the dog.  
Gotta love the counter space – up to now all my cooking has happened on the table – this is heaven.  We brought it home on Aug 27, just before we left for the family reunion, then left for our trip to Calgary on Sept 1 and had 10 days to enjoy the space and get adjusted to where we hid everything when we packed it up.  And we really did enjoy the space.  Since we got home on Thursday, DH has put in a couple of shelves to meet my obsessive need to organize, and we’re almost ready to leave again next Sunday for a week with the afore-mentioned best friends, P & S. 
The reveal:  well, P & S came out on Saturday to do some work on their trailer (which is parked beside ours in the RV parking in our strata complex), and we had wanted to surprise them.  Well, surprise them we did!!  I wish I could have got a picture, but that didn’t work out.  Our trailers are almost exact duplicates now, and can both fit all four of us and our dogs with relative comfort for a meal or a game of cards (when we can’t be outdoors). 
So that secret is out.  The others – well, they’ll have to wait until the time is right.
In the meantime – we had a wonderful trip to Calgary.  We stopped first night in Kamloops, and delivered a CD of pictures from the family reunion to my sister so she and a SIL could finish up the memory album for our parents.  Then we went on to Golden for a night, and the opportunity to see first-hand the timber-built covered bridge.
  
Built in 2001, with a limited budget and mostly volunteer labor, this bridge was meant to commemorate the lumber industry in BC.  We saw a documentary on TV a few weeks ago, and were intrigued.  I love the romance of covered bridges and will always take time to visit  one whenever we see a sign – got lots of pictures from New Brunswick when we were there a few years ago.  This is the first ‘new’ bridge that we’ve seen, all others dating back to horse and buggy days.  Some of the labor for this bridge included ‘journeymen’ from Europe – apparently in those countries, when a craftsperson completes apprenticeship, they are required to ‘journey’ for 4 years plying their craft in other countries before they can establish themselves as a tradesman.  This was a fascinating tid-bit of information we got from the documentary.

From Golden we proceeded to Calgary, and settled in for several days.  Friday DH spent the day with DS1 on the Heavy Events field getting set up for the competition on Saturday.  DD and her partner took the dog for the day, and Saturday DH and I were out on the field once more judging and scorekeeping for the 1st Canadian Masters’ Championship.  DS1 also judged (the Open class) as he retired from competing this year.

Sunday in Calgary was spent shopping with DD for the FOB outfit for DH.  We headed to an outlet mall, huge, and walked for hours from store to store to store.  We stopped at the Bass Pro Shop, and DH found a pair of sandals at a good price, that will be perfect to wear on the beach when he gives our DD away (I think I told you all that the wedding is in November in Dominican Republic?!?).  Well, the last store in the mall was Winners – and don’t you know we found the perfect shirt and pants – a slightly lighter color shirt than the ones the groomsmen will be wearing.

The plan apparently is to roll up pant cuffs and sleeves, no tie, shirt tail out for a very casual look.  Whew – one more hurdle jumped.  We also did some more planning – ceremony and details – so it was a profitable day.

Monday we spent with DS1 at his house.  Unfortunately I forgot to get pictures, but he’s done some yard work in the front, removing grass and replacing it with bark mulch because he’s not around much to take care of a lawn.  In the spring he plans to add a few shrubs/flowers to dress it up a bit.  In the back, he’s moved his fencing to create a parking space – that incidentally is large enough for us to park our trailer next time we head that way with it.
Tuesday we headed toward home, spent two nights at Revelstoke just relaxing.  We had hoped to do a little geocaching, but it rained all day Wednesday, so we mostly just lazed around.  We did watch the movie Marley and Me (DD’s fiance had downloaded a couple of movies onto our computer) – excellent film that I would recommend to anybody.
Thursday, as I said earlier, we arrived home.  I worked on Friday, then on Saturday S & I went to a local quilt show.  I know this blog was meant to be mostly about quilting, and believe me quilting is still happening (not quite as much as pre-summer), but the projects right now are more of those secrets that can’t be revealed just yet.  The quilt show was at Tanglebank Nursery in Abbotsford – a first showing for several local quilters/designers, as well as the launch for the new Canadian quilting magazine Quilter’s Connections.  Believe me, I got a subscription.  It’s really exciting to see somebody start a Canadian business, and I for one am really looking forward to seeing how this magazine promotes Canadian quilters.  Anyone wanting to take a peek see the web-site. 
Well, this was a long blog – but it’s been a couple of weeks and lots has happened.  I’ve also been sorely remiss in keeping up with all my blogger friends and their doings – well actually I do look at the updates regularly, but just haven’t had time to read them properly or respond/comment.  My plan is to take some time this week and do just that – looking forward to touching bases with you all again. 

Happy end-of-summer days to everybody.              Peg