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 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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Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday – and God’s Love

Sunday morning at our house….

045.Sunday breakfast

DH cooks…..and I get to eat waffles046.Waffles

I am blessed 

 

Our dogwood is a late bloomer, but finally we’re getting a show:

047. Dogwood

The dogwood is the provincial flower of BC, and we’ve had one at each home we’ve owned since 1979.  Not just a beautiful flowering tree/bush, there’s a legend that touches my heart:

Legend of The Dogwood Tree


Two thousand years ago, few trees in the Middle East were big enough to construct anything. However, one tree was valued above the others for its thick trunk and fine, strong wood.

When the Romans came to rule over Jerusalem, their government used this same timber to build the crosses for executing criminals. A group of workers were assigned to gather wood for the crosses. Before long, every Roman official knew the best wood came from these gatherers of execution wood, so those workers became popular.

One day, the wood gatherers received a special request. An officer of the Roman court came and said, "The King of Jews is to be put to death. Deliver an extra-large cross made from your finest wood." So, a fresh tree was cut from the forest of the trees with thick trunks and fine, strong wood. An extra-tall (and extra-heavy) cross was quickly made and delivered.

Three days after the death of Jesus of Nazereth, the chief wood gatherer got alarming news. "All of our finest trees are withering!" the messenger whispered. The wood gatherer hurried to the forest and saw that it was true.

Several years later, the chief wood gatherer heard that, every spring, many people visited the old forest that had once made his job so easy. Despite his advancing years, he set out to discover why. He saw the remains of forest, now like a salty bottoms, with only a few trees still standing tall, bare, lifeless and rotting.

But what was this? As he drew closer, his feeble eyes could make out the people walking among thousands of beautiful, flowering bushes. Seeing one of his own workers there, the old man said, "No one could ever make a cross out of this twisted wood. Our finest tree has gone to the dogs!" He noticed the beautiful white flowers, each blossom looking as if it had been burned from the touch of a miniature cross.

As told to Ben Baston by his grandmother, Louise Brown.

There Is A Legend

At the time of Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this.
In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree:
" Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember."

The pink dogwood is said to be blushing
for shame because of the cruel purpose
  which it served in the Crucifixion.
The weeping dogwood further symbolized the sorrow.
The red dogwood, called the Cherokee, bears
the color to remind us of the blood shed by our Savior.

 

May God bless you all richly.        Peg

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Lovely Holiday Weekend

It was a wonderful weekend filled with a variety – from gardening to geocaching (see our story here), dining out to delights with wine, and a little quilting in between.
Yesterday afternoon we took some time to go out to a nearby resort town, situated on a lake, featuring hot springs pools.
Many, many others had the same idea – to enjoy the sunshine while it shone:
033.Harrison
People exercised themselves, their children and their dogs.  We met Baillie and Roxie, and their owners:
Sailors and boaters and fishermen all took advantage of the weather
and the water:
032.Harrison
034.Harrison
We wandered the trails, and visited The Source:
037.The Source This is where the sulphur springs originate, and the pumps installed here feed the warm waters to the pools in town and at the hotel.
And of course, a stop for some gelato:
038.Icecream

I did mention some quilting got done in between – well right now my design wall looks like a bit of a mish-mash, but eventually this:
57. Design wall
will morph into two more quilts.
Hope you all had as lovely as weekend, and got the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather God sent our way.  Peg

Monday, May 24, 2010

Victoria Day

It’s Victoria Day here in Canada – the day we honor our queen, on the date of Queen Victoria’s birthday. 

Queen Victoria ruled from 1837 to 1901 (63 years, 7 months, the longest of any British monarch), had 9 children and is the ancestor of our current sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II.

Smiling elderly lady with grey hair wearing a matching hat and dress

Queen Elizabeth has ruled since 1952 (58 years, so she’s rapidly catching up to her ancestress), is now 84 years of age and apparently still going strong.

For many people, though, there’s not much celebration of sovereigns but rather this is traditionally the first camping weekend of the season, and the highways were bumper-to-bumper already on Thursday!  And shopping on Thursday – well, we should have picked a different day, because all of the folks who weren’t leaving for their weekend until Friday, were out getting their supplies on Thursday. 

We just tend to stay home, and do our camping when things aren’t so busy out there.  After all we can go anytime we want, no school, no jobs to dictate our time – what a wonderful time of our life!

For others, especially in the colder climates, this is the weekend that vegetable gardens are planted.  In years past we had a huge garden – all the fresh vegetables to eat during the summer, share with friends and neighbors, and can and freeze to be kept for the winter.  Those times are past, now that the children aren’t home any longer, and we’ve moved into a house with a very small yard.  Now, actually, we benefit from some of our neighbors who have small vegetable gardens in their back yards, or go to the community garden to grow their veggies – and come knocking on our door when they have too many beans and cucumbers and squash.

Our yard now is mostly patio stones, with a couple of flower beds and some grapevines (that haven’t produced yet).  The rose buds I showed you all the other day, opened up enough to be ready to clip, and so they came indoors, and I have a lovely rose bowl on my dining room table.

30.Rose bowl

And our Victoria Day will be spent in the garden, planting flowers that a friend kindly sent our way yesterday.

31.Plants

They’re still in the back of the van – some of them are phlox, not sure what the rest are, but I’m assured they’ll do well in our garden.

The sun is shining this morning, so it will be nice to get outdoors and enjoy some of it – maybe we’ll find some time to do some geocaching later!

Happy Victoria Day to all of you.          Peg

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Roses are Coming

The Roses are Coming

Only one of several rose bushes has survived well and healthy over the last few years.  Obviously this soil and the exposure here aren’t really conducive to roses.  Yesterday, we had a brief reprieve from the promised rain, and I took the time to get out in the yard to do some tidying.  These rose buds are open just enough to get a glimpse of the glorious color to come.  I can hardly wait!

The heavens opened up and everything has been cleaned and refreshed with the rain overnight.  We didn’t get quite the winds and resultant destruction that some not too far down the road from us apparently experienced, for which we are thankful.

It’s a little cloudy this morning – a good day to get all of the errands done as planned – and then this afternoon friends from Kelowna are dropping by – and maybe a soccer game (DS2 coaching) this evening if the weather is decent.  A full day.

Oh, and I finished the quilt for DS1 (did the binding while we cozied up to a movie when the winds started yesterday afternoon):

56.Joel's quilt

The next quilt is in progress!   

Have a good day everyone.                     Peg

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Awards – Receiving and Giving

This last 2 weeks, I’ve received awards – blogging awards.  Actually, they’re for one of my other blogs where I’m trying out some creative writing.  But they’re general blog awards, and I want to honor the sender by sharing these with the bloggers out there who’ve enriched my life with the sharing of their lives through blog-land.  They inspire me, encourage me, awe me and just generally make my days better.  I’m woefully behind in keeping up by commenting on their blogs, but I’ve not neglected to at least read them. 
I’ll list the bloggers below the awards, and where possible I’ll also send a private message to the recipients.  Thank you, all of you for opening your lives and hearts to the world!
Lovely Blogger award:


Creative Mind award:


Sunshine Wishes award:


Your comments are extraordinary award:


Fabulous Bling award:


And here are the recipients – bloggers that I follow, some of whom also follow me.  Check them out – you may find some new friends among them! 
“Have We Got Any Peanuts”
A Caching We Will Go
Ed Out and About
Elsie Quilts
Everyday Goddess
French Village Life
Kaleidoscopes
Lisa Michelle Design
Looking Back, Moving Forward
Magpie Tales (where you’ll find dozens more bloggers with tales to tell – all of whom deserve awards as well)
Mrs. Sew and Sew
My Front Porch
On This Rock
Patchwork Promises
Pieceful Afternoon
Queenmothermamaw
Quilt Nut Creations
Quiltmoms Journey
Raven’s Nest Chronicles
Scraps of Life
Sew Many Ways
Sew Me Something Good
Something About Murray
Sweet JB
Tactile Pleasures
Trees, Trails and Tupperware
What Matters Most
Yemalla’s Moon
{me and serendipity}
Thank you again, all of you, for your wonderful blogs – and for your kind and caring comments on my blogs.

Peg

Thursday, May 13, 2010

This and That

The sun has been brilliant the last few days, and gives such a lift to life.  While I’ve been finishing up spring cleaning, DH has been down the road a bit putting a new edge on our neighbor’s flower beds.  The rhodos and azaleas are enjoying the sun and giving us a wonderful display:
026.Rhodo
The mountains behind us are a bit shrouded in mist in the early day, as they were this morning:025.Mountain mist   But still beautiful – can you see the ‘angel’?
The pattern I won arrived yesterday – I can hardly wait to get started:
024.Winning pattern
Looking forward to another gorgeous weekend, and fun with friends and family – wishing you all a great weekend, too.
Peg

Monday, May 10, 2010

May Give-aways!

A Lovely Mother’s Weekend

We chose this weekend to do our annual ‘first’ camping trip – check out the trailers, make sure everything is in working order, and that we’ve got all the basic supplies like toilet paper and pillows.  It made for a wonderful Mother’s Weekend for me.

We went to a campground not too far from home, joined by friends, and friends of friends.

The trailer all set up, and all we had to do was relax:

01.Campsite

Our nearby kids joined us for Friday evening dinner:

2.Kids for dinner

Saturday we took a few hours out at a nearby tourist town, just wandered around, checked out the antique stores and a quilt shop, where we found nothing we needed but lots we wanted.

Cranberries are a favorite snack and cooking/baking addition in our house, so needed to stop here:

05.Ft. Langley

And had some fun with hats06.Hats for sale

Evenings the portable campfires kept us warm:

07.Campfire

I hope you all had as great a Mother’s Weekend/Day.

Peg

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Winner

I won, I won.  A few weeks ago I entered a ‘Find the Button’ contest, searching through quilting web-sites to located 30 different buttons.  This morning, I’ve just learned that I’m one of the winners – of a pattern from Quilted Escapes.  Sue Jensen is actually local to me, and I love her designs.  I’ll share the pattern with you all when it arrives, and hopefully be able to show you the quilt later when it’s built!

This is exciting – I don’t often win things!!

Apologies

I just learned yesterday that the slide show I posted a few days ago, comes with music.  Sorry if some of you get blasted out of the room when you open my blog.  I looked for a way to stop the music.  Because I hadn't 'registered' before I made the slide show, I can't edit the show itself, but I've discovered:

If you want the sound off, there's a little icon on the top left of the slide screen - just click on it and the sound will turn off.  There is, of course, no music if you don't have the slide show open on your puter.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

From Rubber Gloves to Garden Gloves

Now that work is over, for a while at least, I decided that this is the week to get spring cleaning done.  Normally I get it done in March or April when DH goes away for a spring hunt, but this year I was working when he was away (not hunting but doing some renos on DS1’s house), so we’re behind a bit.  One room at a time, and by this time next week, I should be all done.

This morning it was bathrooms – and I’m ever so thankful at times like this that they’re small spaces.  Earlier in the morning, the sun showed its face for a little while, so after I reached my spring cleaning goal for the day, I decided to get out in the yard before the rains return.  And again ever so thankful for a small space.

The tulips are finished, so they got clipped back just leaving some leaves to feed the bulbs for next year.  The  lilacs are finished as well, but sadly we didn’t get to enjoy them at all as the blossoms only sh0wed on the side facing the neighbor.  But the clematis is in full bloom:

021.Clematis  

And this little daisy, an Easter gift that we’ve been acclimatizing – and haven’t managed to kill yet – found its home in the ground:

020.Easter gift

In the meantime, in my sewing space – working on quilting this one:

55.Joel's QIP It’s going to be a while as it’s heavy and I can only do a few blocks at a stretch before my back screams at me.  No other sewing for me for few days.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Row by Row

Our LQS has a ‘row of the month’ club going right now.  My first 2 rows are completed:

54. Rows 1,2

Next is apparently trees.  Different techniques every month.

Garden Beauties

We’re fortunate to have a show garden just minutes from home and with spring officially here, it is open to the public.  We got season’s passes and took the opportunity yesterday to enjoy a wander through the beautifully created scenery.

We were greeted by Spanish flavor entertainment.

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It’s daffodil and tulip season, and the blooms gave a lovely show

tulips and daffs

There were a few other spring flowers to enjoy as well

spring flowers

What I enjoy the most is the artistry in using plants and flowers to create a picture or a shape – note the peacock proudly showing off his colors (in tulips at this time of year).

flower artistry

We’ll be going back often throughout the year to see how the peacock’s colors change.

 

Over the last few months, I’ve been woefully neglectful of blogger friends – now that my temporary job is over, I’ll be able to  respond to comments, and get back in touch.  Looking forward to spending more time with you all.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

On Becoming a Writer

There’s so much more to the blogging world than I ever dreamed when I launched into this experiment almost a year and a half ago.  There’s Woohoo Wednesday, Sepia Saturday, Wordless Wednesday, Mosaic Monday, Friday Shoot Out, Tool Time Tuesday, all kinds of ‘awards’, lots of links to various web-sites and special interest groups.  Recently a blogging friend started writing stories in response to a photo prompt posted by another blogger, and that got me thinking.

So very tentatively, I wrote a story – and shared it with my sister and the blogging friend.  Then I wrote another, and shared it with my sister-in-law.  Gradually I opened myself up to the other bloggers who write stories in response to the prompt.  Then I put a couple of my stories on my Facebook page. 

Now, I thought I’d share with those who read this blog – you’ll find the stories here.  I hope some of you enjoy some of them.

The next step – my sister and I have agreed to collaborate on a story – who knows where that will take us!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Challenge

With the reception over, and my temporary job pretty well completed all at the same time, I’m almost feeling a little lost.  Thank heaven for quilting!!

Our LQS put out a challenge – to make a ‘spring’ block (or several if so inclined), which will be sent on to the local guild to be included in a quilt for charity.  I found this one, title ‘Spring Has Come’:

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And made 3 of them (sorry the colors aren’t very true – the ‘blue’ triangles are actually ‘green’).

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The Reception

From grocery shopping, to setting up accommodations, to putting up tents, stringing lights, decorating, arranging flowers, preparing food, barbecuing, greeting guests, feeding everybody – and almost last but not least – presenting the quilt – the reception weekend was a success.  We had a little mishap with rain collecting in one corner and dumping down inside the tent, but that was before everybody arrived.  The weather was cool, but at least didn’t rain during the hours of the party itself.  It seemed a good time was had by all.

Here’s my first attempt at a slideshow: